Four-star Army General Barry McCaffrey is the latest decorated military hero to voice his opinion that the Republican presidential nominee is unfit to run the United States. In an op-ed published in the Seattle Times, McCaffrey writes that Trump’s condescending, dismissive treatment of the Muslim-American Khan family, whose son, U.S. Captain Humayun Khan was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War, was the final straw.
McCaffrey refers to Trump’s remarks about Humayun’s grieving mother Ghazala Khan — who was too distraught to speak at the DNC as she stood next to her husband while he delivered a historic speech and suggested that Trump hasn’t read the constitution — as a “cruel cultural jab.” He also criticized the nominee for his controversial comments about Senator John McCain, “one of the most venerated American military heroes since World War II.”
McCaffrey also writes that, if elected, Trump would “provoke a political and constitutional crisis within a year.”
McCaffrey — who has been awarded three Purple Heart medals and two Distinguished Service Crosses (the nation’s second-highest award for valor) — is not affiliated with either major political party and points out in his article that he has generally tried to steer clear of partisan debate. He has worked with both “loyalty and genuine respect at very senior levels” for both presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. But he could not remain silent on the issue of Trump, whom he refers to as a “willful and abusive braggart” who is “remarkably ignorant and uneducated about the world we face and the means we may use to defend ourselves.”
You can read the full opinion piece here.
(Via Seattle Times)