Ex defense Secretary Jim Mattis labels US President a threat to democracy

Ex defense Secretary Jim Mattis labels US President a threat to democracy

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Washington May 4 : Former Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday came down heavily on President Trump and his response to the Geroge Floyd protests and accused him to be a threat for democracy. Mattis denounced President Donald Trump's heavy use of military force to quell protests and said his former boss was setting up a "false conflict" between the military and civilian society.

Ex defense chief wrote a statement in Atlantic magazine which reads ''Trump is needlessly dividing the country and "militarizing" America's response to the protests'' "Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people – does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us," he wrote.

"We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort," he continued. "We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children." Mattis's excoriation came after Trump threatened to send in active-duty military forces to quell the ongoing protests against police brutality and racial discrimination that have spread to over 300 US cities and towns following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, by white police. (UNI)