General Mark Milley, America’s top military leader, resisted Donald Trump’s demands that his forces “break skulls” and “beat up” protesters marching against police brutality and structural racism, according to a new long overdue book.
“Just shoot them,” the president said.
CNN reported the latest excerpts from Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost by Michael Bender, a Wall Street Journal reporter. The book will be published in August.
This week, Milley made headlines with remarks before a Congressional committee on critical race theory, an academic discipline that explores racism in American law and institutions that has been targeted by Republicans, in relation to the military. American and his academy at West Point.
“I want to understand white rage,” said the general, “and I am white, and I want to understand it.”
When Trump was in power, Milley repeatedly had to deal with presidential anger.
According to CNN, Trump highlighted images of clashes between law enforcement officers and protesters, saying: “This is how you are supposed to handle these people. Break their skulls! “
Trump also reportedly told law enforcement and military leaders that he wanted the military to “beat the shit out” of protesters and said, “Just shoot them.”
Bender reports that in the face of opposition from Milley and then-Attorney General William Barr, Trump said: “Well, shoot them in the leg, or maybe in the foot. But be tough on them! “
Milley was also reported to have told Stephen Miller, a Trump senior adviser, to “shut up” after Miller said “cities are on fire” amid protests sparked by George Floyd’s murder by a police officer in Minneapolis last May.
During a tense summer, Trump threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act, a landmark legislation on internal unrest, but ultimately failed to do so.
Bender reports that at one point Milley pointed to a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president who led the Union to victory in the civil war, and told Trump, “That guy had an insurrection. What we have, Mr. President, is a protest ”.
One of those protests, in Lafayette Square, in front of the White House, last June, was forced and controversially clarified before Trump posed for photos outside a historic church.
Milley He apologized for accompanying Trump on his own march.
“As many of you saw the results of my photograph in Lafayette Square last week, that sparked a national debate about the role of the military in civil society,” he told students at the National Defense University.
“It shouldn’t have been there. My presence at that time, and in that environment, created the perception of the military involved in internal politics ”.
On Capitol Hill this week, Milley discussed the deadly January 6 attack on the United States Capitol by Trump supporters seeking to reverse his electoral defeat, which Congress deemed an insurrection when it accused Trump of inciting him.
“What was it that caused thousands of people to storm this building and try to revoke the constitution of the United States of America?” Milley asked. “What caused that? I want to find out. I want to keep an open mind here. “
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