Former National Security adviser John Bolton praised General Mark Milley on June 12, 2020 for his “courage.”
Bolton was referring to Milley’s apology for participating in a photo outside of St. John’s Church last week with President Donald Trump.
The former foreign policy hawk tweeted, “Gen. Mark Milley is a dedicated public servant who made a courageous choice to admit a mistake. His actions are a powerful example of courage, leadership and patriotism.”
Gen. Mark Milley is a dedicated public servant who made a courageous choice to admit a mistake. His actions are a powerful example of courage, leadership and patriotism. https://t.co/spTbcwIv30
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) June 12, 2020
On June 11, Trump said that he didn’t believe it was a big deal that Milley apologized for his role in the photo with the president.
St. John’s Church was burnt during the D.C. riots that were kicked off by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Trump defended this photo and described it as a “beautiful picture” while he was in an interview with Fox News’s Harris Faulkner.
The president did not criticize Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley or Defense Secretary Mark Esper for speaking critically of the photo.
“No,” Trump stated when he was questioned about the significance of their statements. “If that’s the way they feel, I think that’s fine.”
Milley expressed his regret in a video message at a graduation ceremony on June 11 for participating in Trump’s visit to St. John’s Church. He reasoned that it compromised the military’s apolitical image.
“I should not have been there,” Milley declared during a recorded message aired a graduation ceremony at the National Defense University. “My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”
“We who wear the cloth of our nation come from the people of our nation and we must hold dear the principle of an apolitical military that is so deeply rooted in the essence of our republic,” Milley added.
Trump received great criticism for the photo opportunity, which took place shortly after law enforcement and National Guardsmen cleared the area around Lafayette Square right across the White House.
A photo of Trump holding up a Bible in front of the church, which was desecrated by vandals, was taken last week.
Milley was dressed in military fatigues, with Esper joining him in the photo-op. Former military officials had choice words about the photo.
Esper did not criticize the photo-op or voiced his regrets for being involved in it. However, he explained his role during the events at a press conference last week, admitting he was aware of Trump’s destination but didn’t know it would end up being a photo-op.
“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 informed reporters on June 3. “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.”
Esper controversially said that he would not support the use of active-duty troops to crack down on domestic riots and looting after Trump indicated he would use force to put down riots and looting
The Defense Secretary’s caught Trump by surprise and even considered firing Esper over the disagreement. The President was ultimately talked out of this decision.
According to reports that surfaced on June 11, Milley considered resigning following the criticism he received for being involved in the photo.
It is curious how the military-industrial complex works.
When it comes to foreign excursions, the defense industry and its puppets in government are quick to get involved. As for military actions that would actually benefit Americans, the military pulls a Houdini act.
This goes to show how entrenched establishment interests are in the current government. For America First policies to truly take off, Trump will have to clean up a large portion of the government.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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