Robert O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL known for his role in the death of Osama bin Laden, is done hiding his disgust with the civil unrest that has broken out across the U.S. in response to the death of George Floyd late last month.
In a series of recent social media posts, O’Neill said that he “cannot believe” he fought America’s enemies overseas only to see the homeland attacked by what he deemed domestic terrorists, American Military News reported.
“Un. Believable,” he tweeted. “I cannot believe I fought to defend you.”
“These are not protesters”
O’Neill’s initial response came in the early days of demonstrations that spread from Minneapolis to cities around the nation, leading to some instances of violence, looting, arson, and other criminal behavior.
O’Neill went on to provide his take on the protests, likening rioters to terrorists he believes are turning the U.S. into a third-world country. The ex-SEAL Team Six member went on to lament what he believed to be a feeble response from law enforcement and the military.
“These are not protesters,” O’Neill tweeted. “These are terrorists.”
Referencing his own military experience fighting al-Qaida, he wrote that he was “embarrassed that our law enforcement can’t defend our citizens.”
“You have to put them in jail”
The get-tough messaging echoes President Donald Trump’s take on the recent developments. He has considered invoking the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military on American streets in an effort to put an end to the destructive demonstrations.
“You’ve got to arrest people, you have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again,” the president said during a recent call with the nation’s governors, according to CNBC. “We’re doing it in Washington, D.C. We’re going to do something that people haven’t seen before.”
O’Neill also addressed other aspects of the protests, including the recent accounts of mobs defacing and tearing down historical monuments.
You know who else destroys statues? ISIS, al Qaeda and The Taliban.
— Robert J. O’Neill (@mchooyah) June 10, 2020
Referencing the obvious disconnect between recommended coronavirus safety measures and the proximity of protesters, O’Neill tweeted that Americans should wear a face mask and practice social distancing unless “we are all looting.”
His frequent takes on the developing narrative might strike some as insensitive to the underlying cause, but those who back Trump’s firm stance are likely to find some common ground with this ex-Navy SEAL.