Republican Senators Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski are praising retired Marine General Jim Mattis and his recent criticism of President Trump.
According to NBC News, Murkowski said the comments were “true and honest and necessary and overdue.”
“When I saw Gen. Mattis’ comments yesterday I felt like perhaps we are getting to a point where we can be more honest with the concerns that we might hold internally and have the courage of our own convictions to speak up,” she said. “And so I’m working as one individual to form the right words, knowing that these words really matter so I appreciate General Mattis’ comments.”
Murkowski added: “I think right now as we are all struggling to find ways to express the words that need to be expressed appropriately, questions about who I’m going to vote for not going to vote for, I think, are distracting at the moment. I know people might think that’s a dodge but I think there are important conversations that we need to have as an American people among ourselves about where we are right now.”
Romney, whose feud with Trump is publically known, called Mattis’ statement “stunning and powerful.”
The former Republican presidential nominee called Mattis “an American patriot” and “an individual whose judgment I respect.”
Mattis, who was forced to resign from the Trump administration after he publically disagreed with Trump and his approach to handling the situation in Syria, told The Atlantic that he disagreed with Trump’s threat to use the Insurrection Act to deploy military troops to help with George Floyd protests across the country.
“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis wrote in a post. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind.”
Mattis took specific issue with Trump vocalizing he could use the military to intervene and stop violent protesters.
“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside,” Mattis wrote.
In a pair of tweets, Trump responded to the comments and said he was proud to have fired Mattis, who he refers to as “the world’s most overrated general.”
“Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General,” Trump tweeted. “I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was ‘Chaos’, which I didn’t like, & changed to ‘Mad Dog.'”
He added: “His primary strength was not military, but rather personal public relations. I gave him a new life, things to do, and battles to win, but he seldom ‘brought home the bacon’. I didn’t like his ‘leadership’ style or much else about him, and many others agree. Glad he is gone!”
…His primary strength was not military, but rather personal public relations. I gave him a new life, things to do, and battles to win, but he seldom “brought home the bacon”. I didn’t like his “leadership” style or much else about him, and many others agree. Glad he is gone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020