Fifteen more retired generals and admirals are endorsing Hillary Clinton tomorrow. Earlier in the week, 95 retired generals and admirals endorsed Clinton. Clinton is getting the backing of senior military service members and former officials with command and management experience. According to recent media reports, Trump has received more than 400 fewer endorsements than Mitt Romney received – 88 to Romney’s 500.
AP is reporting: “Leveling unusually harsh criticism against the military, Republican Donald Trump said Wednesday night that America’s generals have been ‘reduced to rubble’ under President Barack Obama and suggested he would fire some of them if he wins the presidency in November.”
Jackie Summers, a political commentator for the GMP was quick to note: “In this country, firing existing generals and setting up your own is tantamount to establishing a military dictatorship.”
In addition, Trump and now, Mike Pence, are doubling down on their support for Vladimir Putin, Russia’s dictatorial leader, who has annexed the Crimea, murdered journalists and opposition leaders and continues to prop up Syria’s brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad, a man who is the root cause of the refugee crisis sweeping across the Middle East and Europe.
Putin also represents a dangerous destabilizing influunce in Eastern Europe. In support of Putin’s European agenda, Trump has already talked about disengaging from NATO and has removed language in the GOP platform that criticized Putin’s actions in Ukraine. The most chilling aspect of Trump’s comments about Putin? Speaking to Matt Lauer at NBC’s Commander-in-Chief forum, Trump called Putin a ‘‘leader’’ who has ‘‘great control over his country.”
The openly authoritarian tone of Trump’s comments should give all freedom loving Americans pause. In fact, it raises a question specifically for NRA members: How long to you think it would take for “strong leader” Putin to decide to take away your guns? About five minutes is the answer.
Conservative commentator George Will has theorized that Trump is deeply entangled with Russian money men.
Will writes: “Speculation about the nature and scale of Trump’s financial entanglements with Putin and his associates is justified by Trump’s refusal to release his personal and business tax information. Obviously he is hiding something, and probably more than merely embarrassing evidence that he has vastly exaggerated his net worth and charitableness.”
Meanwhile, here are the Generals who are now endorsing Clinton:
Major General (ret.) Peter Cooke, USAF – “Anytime anyone states says that generals are rubbish or an individual is not a hero because he or she was captured I find it appalling. I am a citizen soldier with 39 years of military experience. Donald Trump has a lack of knowledge on everything from force structure to NATO to our alliances and partnerships. I’m proud to support Secretary Clinton.”
Major General (ret.) John Phillips, USAF – “Secretary Clinton has demonstrated the ability to conduct foreign affairs and achieve the objectives and goals of the United States. She has an incredible ability to engage with the international community and to build new partnerships and strengthen existing ones with our allies. I want a president with the ability to focus on the issues at hand that are the most important for the American people and that person is Hillary Clinton.”
Here is a full list of the new endorsements:
Edwin Leland, Lieutenant General, USA (ret)
Norman Seip, Lieutenant General, USAF (ret)
Peter Cooke, Major General, USAR (ret)
Randy Manner, Major General, USA (ret)
John Phillips, Major General, USAF (ret)
Christopher Cole, Rear Admiral, USN (ret)
Joe Sestak, Rear Admiral, USN (ret)
Roosevelt Barfield, Brigadier General, USA (ret)
LeAnne Burch, Brigadier General, USAR (ret)
Tom King, Brigadier General, USA-NG (ret)
Ronald Rokosz, Brigadier General, USA (ret)
John Schuster, Brigadier General, USAR (ret)
Paul Gregory Smith, Brigadier General, USA-NG (ret)
George Walls, Brigadier General, USMC (ret)
Gretchen Herbert, Rear Admiral, USN (ret)
Source: 30dB.com – Trump and Generals vs Clinton and Generals“The Democrat is getting the support of the military over the Republican and social is talking about it. This is one whacked election.” – Howard K. 30dB