As radical anarchists begin seizing control of neighborhoods in US cities, the media is still focusing on Donald Trump’s “photo-op” in Lafayette Square last week.
Donald Trump has been attacked by many of his own over the appearance during the Washington D.C. riots, and another one of his administration officials has come forward to stab him in the back in public again.
Former and current generals are doing their best to undermine Trump’s presidency, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley was all too happy to pile on with the mob.
Milley, who appeared with Trump and several other administration officials at Lafayette Park during the controversial public appearance, said during a remote video speech to graduates at National Defense University that he “should not have been there.”
“As senior leaders, everything you do will be closely watched,” he told the graduates. “And I am not immune.”
“As many of you saw, the result of the photograph of me at Lafayette Square last week. That sparked a national debate about the role of the military in civil society,” Milley continued. “I should not have been there. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”
“As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from, and I sincerely hope we all can learn from it,” he added.
It’s his own people
Milley’s comments echo those of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s, who also expressed regret for accompanying Trump in his symbolic appearance in front of the vandalized St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House.
Esper said only days after the appearance that he “did not know a photo op was happening” and attempted to distance himself from the president by claiming that his position is apolitical.
“I did know that following the president’s remarks on Monday evening that many of us were wanting to join President Trump and review the damage in Lafayette Park and at St John’s Episcopal Church,” Esper said in a press conference. “What I was not aware of was exactly where we were going when we arrived at the church and what the plans were once we got there.”
Donald Trump’s calls for law and order have been subverted on many levels during the widespread riots that continue to grip the nation.
High-level military and White House officials have publically broken with Trump instead of coalescing behind him in an attempt to appease the mob that has hijacked the national conversation. Military officials publically shouted Trump down when he suggested invoking the Insurrection act of 1807 to control the riots. Now, American cities are being taken over by actual insurrectionists.