Words from three Republican Senators in support of General James Mattis’ comments

In an article in The Hill called “GOP Sen. Murkowski ‘struggling’ with whether to vote for Trump” by Alexander Bolton, some strong words in support General James Mattis by Senator Lisa Murkowski added more to those of Senators Mitt Romney and Susan Collins. Yesterday, Mattis wrote among other things:

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”

This is the man Republicans felt could be the final buffer between a Trump rash decision and execution. When he left in December, 2018, people were worried. They should have been. Please see the link below to Jill Dennison’s blog post called “A Wiser man speaks” for Mattis’ words.

From The Hill article, “Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on Thursday praised former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s scathing rebuke of President Trump as ‘true and honest and necessary’ and admitted she is ‘struggling’ with whether to vote for the president.

‘I thought General Mattis’s words were true and honest and necessary and overdue,’ Murkowski, the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said on her way to a vote in the Capitol Thursday.

‘When I saw Gen. Mattis’s comments yesterday I felt like perhaps we’re getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns we might hold internally and have the courage of our convictions and speak up,’ she told The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, who pooled the remarks and sent them to other Senate reporters. Asked if she could vote for Trump in the 2020 election, Murkowski admitted, ‘I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time.'”

Later in The Hill article were the following comments from Romney and Collins, also Republicans. “‘General Mattis is a person of extraordinary integrity and sacrifice. He’s a patriot who has sound judgment and capacity. I admire him a great deal,’ Romney said.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who criticized Trump bluntly earlier in the week for allowing peaceful protesters in front of the White House to be forcibly removed so he could appear before St. John’s church for a photo op, also praised Mattis. ‘I have great respect for former Secretary Mattis and his previous military service,’ she said.’

No doubt, Trump will be critical and denigrating of Mattis’ remarks. He will likely get his sycophants to also denigrate or dismiss the comments as opinion, as some already have. But, make no mistake. Mattis’ words have gravitas and are compelling and dead-on accurate. This is what a patriot looks like.


A Wiser Man Speaks …

19 thoughts on “Words from three Republican Senators in support of General James Mattis’ comments

  1. I am encouraged by the support Mattis’ words are getting from some in the GOP. Murkowski’s words are encouraging, but that she is ‘struggling’ about whether to vote for Trump is puzzling. How could anyone who sees his actions for what they are, autocratic, cruel & racist, even consider voting for him? To me, it’s not exactly rocket science. Good post, Keith, and thanks for the mention and link!

    • Jill, my pleasure. I think many are struggling, but cannot admit it. When people deal with a negative persona like Trump’s, they must way the pros/ cons of supporting him. That is the struggle. I think many know, but won’t admit, they agree 100% with Mattis’ comments. As we have discussed, it is obvious what this person is.

      I mentioned to John that I called these three senators. I also called Ron Johnson and Lindsey Graham. In all five calls, I also mentioned George Will’s editorial, as well as my support for Mattis’ comments.

      Thanks, Keith

      • I guess it depends on what sort of person they are. Personally, I would have a lot more respect for members of the administration and of Congress if they spoke from their heart, if they let their conscience be their guide, than if they play the political game and try to stay on Trump’s good side. I guess it’s a good thing I never went into politics, because I just can’t play the games.

        Good for you on the phone calls!!! Perhaps I will email them, since phone calls and I don’t get on too well.

      • Jill, I understand about the phone calls. I will likely send some emails next week referencing Mattis, Will’s editorials. Keith

  2. Excellent post, Keith! I have absolutely no use for Senators Murkowski and Collins. They have no backbone whatsoever. All they are concerned about is their own political well-being, while their votes enabled Trump to do untold damage to what used to be the greatest nation on Earth. Now that Mattis has summoned up the courage to call a madman a madman, Collins and Murkowski think it’s safe to praise the general. There’s no integrity left in that party. At least Romney voted to impeach the Idiot-In-Chief. He has some integrity.

    • John, I hear you and don’t disagree with you. But, on more than a few occasions, they have been a little more courageous than their GOP Senate colleagues. Mitt Romney might be the exception. I am most disappointed in Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell. I left messages for Murkowski, Collins and Romney applauding their courage in this instance. I shared I hope this is a tipping point and Mattis’ comments are dead-on accurate, in my view. Thanks, Keith

      • Unfortunately, Keith, the last bit of Republican integrity was buried with John McCain. He stood against Trump’s folly and a few of his colleagues stood with him. No more.

      • John, we miss his voice. Not only would he have agreed with Mattis, he would have said needed things long before, giving others courage. He also would not allow Lindsey Graham to be such a sycophant. Keith

  3. Note to Readers: As expected, the president has tried to denigrate Mattis, saying he asked for his resignation and he gave him his nickname. Both of these assertions are untrue. He has had the nickname since 2004 and read the words of former Chief of Staff General John Kelly about Mattis’ departure. These words came from The Business Insider:

    “President Trump’s former White House chief of staff John Kelly defended former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis Thursday, calling him an ‘honorable man’ and refuting the president’s claim that he fired the retired Marine Corps general.

    ‘The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation,’ Kelly, also a retired Marine Corps general, told The Washington Post Thursday.

    ‘The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused,’ he continued. ‘The president tweeted a very positive tweet about Jim until he started to see on Fox News their interpretation of his letter. Then he got nasty.’

    ‘Jim Mattis is a honorable man,’ Kelly said.”

    Please remember taking Donald Trump at his word is a fool’s errand. If he says it or tweets it, check other sources. That is a sad thing to say about one’s president.

  4. Thanks Keith, Just found your “musingsofanoldfart”. Down here in Tasmania it’s difficult to find thoughtful analysis of your country’s turmoil. Having read several of you past work I’m impressed. It’ll be a pleasure to follow your musing, more strength to your hand!

      • Ah Keith, an interesting question, generally Aussies don’t care too much. Some of us, unfortunately, care too much, and like me write into the void on our blogs

      • David, thanks. I write to keep my sanity. By the way, I have a little stuffed Koala bear with an Aussie flag by my computer, courtesy of a blogging friend who visited the states. Keith

  5. Amongst the opening words are the chilling ones:
    “is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try.”
    There could be no more damning indictment.

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