If you slam a battering ram into the front door of the White House, build it from solid oak, not toothpicks.
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis attacked President Donald J. Trump on June 4 with a nasty, sniveling essay on The Atlantic’s website. Trump foes loved Mattis’s critique, naturally. Trump fans, not so much.
But even the president’s supporters grudgingly could have respected Mattis’ assault had he landed serious blows, backed by evidence and facts. Instead, Mattis’ mighty beam instantly splintered. Mattis aspired to treachery. Instead, he achieved pathos.
Mattis accused Trump of being “the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try.”
Mattis himself sat in the front row at Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address. “Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family,” Trump declared. “Americans love their country. And they deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.”
Trump repeatedly expresses national unity, mutual affection, and even the word “love” in his speeches, which the criminal, get-Trump media — the enemy of the American people — vigorously ignore, so they can accuse him of dividing the country.
Comforting words aside, Trump “doesn’t even pretend to try” to unite Americans? All of this must be news to Mattis:
Among Trump’s numerous unifying efforts, he financially has backed Historically Black Colleges and Universities with taxpayer dollars, signed the First Step Act criminal-justice reform measure (which Obama-Biden failed to do in eight years), launched 8,760 Opportunity Zones to defibrillate low-income communities, fought anti-Semitism on multiple fronts, hosted two White House Hanukkah receptions last December, arranged and attended a Muslim Iftar dinner at the Executive mansion, named Richard Grenell America’s first openly gay Cabinet member (as acting Director of National Intelligence), assigned Grenell to pressure foreign nations to decriminalize homosexuality, and much more.
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