Milley Still Silent After Marines Used in Biden Speech Attacking ‘MAGA Republicans’

Milley Still Silent After Marines Used in Biden Speech Attacking ‘MAGA Republicans’

September 5, 2022

General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has yet to comment on the use — or abuse — of Marines in President Biden’s speech Thursday attacking “MAGA Republicans,” after Milley complained about former President Trump’s march across Lafayette Square.

Biden delivered a diatribe against Trump and the political opposition in general, flanked by Marines who had been deliberately positioned.

In 2020, Milley joined Trump in a march across Lafayette Square in front of the White House to a church that had been burned by Black Lives Matter rioters. It was a demonstration that the elected government — not the mob — was still in charge of the country.

But Democrats and the media falsely claimed that Trump had used tear gas to clear protesters from the park for a “photo-op” and Milley issued a statement in which he apologized for his presence in uniform:

As many of you saw the result of the photograph of me at Lafayette Square last week. That sparked a national debate about the role of the military in civil society. I should not have been there. My presence in that moment, and in that environment, created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics. As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from, and I sincerely hope we all can learn from.

Milley later reportedly told his staff that he intended to “fight [Trump] from the inside.” He also called his Chinese counterpart to tell him that Trump did not intend to attack China in the aftermath of the January 6 Capitol riot. Milley also went along with Biden administration plans to expel “extremists” — i.e. Trump supporters — and told Congress he wanted to understand “white rage.” He also defended the military’s decision to expel members who refused the COVID-19 vaccine.

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