Our Constitution and our Republic will overcome this stain and We the People will come together again in our never-ending effort to form a more perfect Union, while Mr. Trump will deservedly be left a man without a country. — Former Trump administration defense secretary Jim Mattis
Our Constitution and our Republic will overcome this stain and We the People will come together again in our never-ending effort to form a more perfect Union, while Mr. Trump will deservedly be left a man without a country. — Former Trump administration defense secretary Jim Mattis
'Trump will deservedly be left a man without a country': Trump's former defense secretaries condemn 'appalling' assault on Capitol
  • Former Trump administration defense secretaries Jim Mattis and Mark Esper issued strong statements condemning the pro-Trump mob that violently breached the US Capitol Wednesday.
  • "Our Constitution and our Republic will overcome this stain and We the People will come together again in our never-ending effort to form a more perfect Union, while Mr. Trump will deservedly be left a man without a country," Mattis said in a statement
  • "This afternoon's assault on the US Capitol was appalling and un-American. This is not how citizens of the world's greatest and oldest democracy behave," Esper said in a separate statement.
  • Other former senior defense officials also weighed in on the riots as well.
"Today's violent assault on our Capitol, an effort to subjugate American democracy by mob rule, was fomented by Mr. Trump," Mattis said in a statement. "His use of the Presidency to destroy trust in our election and to poison our respect for fellow citizens has been enabled by pseudo political leaders whose names will live in infamy as profiles in cowardice."

"Our Constitution and our Republic will overcome this stain and We the People will come together again in our never-ending effort to form a more perfect Union, while Mr. Trump will deservedly be left a man without a country," Mattis added.

... "This afternoon's assault on the US Capitol was appalling and un-American," Esper said in his statement. "This is not how citizens of the world's greatest and oldest democracy behave. The perpetrators who committed this illegal act were inspired by partisan misinformation and patently false claims about the election."


"This must end now for the good of the republic," Esper added. "I commend Congressional leaders for meeting tonight to complete their Constitutional task of counting the electoral college votes that will affirm Joe Biden as the next president of the United States." ... In addition to the comments from the two former secretaries of defense, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, who retired from his position in 2019, condemned the events at the Capitol Wednesday, telling CNN's Barbara Starr in a statement that it was "an outrageous assault on our democracy and a sad day for our nation."