General James Mattis. the esteemed Marine who resigned as Secretary of Defense, December 2018, writes about the President’s photo op, holding a Bible, in front of St. John’s Parish House in Washington, D.C., June 1.

“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the constitution. Never did I dream troops taking that oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate The constitutional rights of their fellow citizens - Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities.”

General Colin Powell stated, Trump has ‘ drifted away’ from the constitution.

General Don Allen Kelly stated, “It may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experience (Democracy).”

These federal troops in their camouflage uniforms are now in Portland, Oregon. Oregon’s Governor and Atty. Gen. want them to leave since they are inciting more riots. This is like police injustice. These troops are grabbing protesters without telling them why and taking them in unmarked vans, eventually letting them go. They are using tear gas, and other munitions often on peaceful demonstrators who want no part of looting or setting fires. Are these looters from Portland?

What city will be next?

Betty Cocchini

Calimesa

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