But for a Lieutenant…

When Il Trumpe and his henchman Attorney General Bill Barr tear gassed lawfully assembled citizens a couple of weeks ago, this appeared to have disappeared under the radar (boldface mine):

But General Milley and Mr. McCarthy warned the Guard throughout the day that if it could not control the protests, Mr. Trump would most likely call in the 82nd Airborne. The pressure was particularly intense on the D.C. Guard, which had the only sizable military force on the streets…

By 5 p.m. June 1, Lieutenant Jenkins-Bey’s D.C. Guard troops had positioned themselves in a line behind the D.C. police just outside Lafayette Square. The lieutenant had often reminded them that “this isn’t a deployment against the enemy.”

A few hours earlier, Mr. Esper had told the nation’s governors in a conference from the White House call with Mr. Trump that troops controlling the protesters needed to dominate the “battle space.” Lieutenant Jenkins-Bey made clear to his troops in the following days where he stood: “We’re not here to dominate any battle spaces or anything like that, our job is simply to stand the line between the police and the citizens so that they can say what they need to say.”

I don’t know what’s more disturbing: relying on a first lieutenant to thankfully have the presence of mind to not mix it up with protestors, or that the D.C. Guard saw it necessary to protect citizens from the mostly federal police forces.

This is no way to run a democracy.

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1 Response to But for a Lieutenant…

  1. Stormcrow says:

    It’s not just a first lieutenant.

    Every senior military commander who has spoken about this, and by this time, there seem to be quite a few, has basically said the same thing. Except that sometime the language they use is a bit more direct.

    Trump is systematically wrecking any possibility he might have of using force to stay in power after the November elections, if he loses them. He’ll need military support for that, and the brass are all treating his notions as if he had smallpox, never mind COVID-19.

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