Friday, August 18, 2017

U.S. military leaders condemn racism following Trump's comments on Charlottesville

America's top-ranking military officers spoke out forcefully against racial bigotry and extremism, a very rare public foray into domestic politics that revealed a growing unease at the Pentagon with President Trump.
The members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- the senior uniformed brass of the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force -- all posted messages on their official Twitter accounts to denounce the far-right extremists behind the violence in Charlottesville, Va.
“The Army doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks,” Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, tweeted. “It's against our Values and everything we've stood for since 1775.”

The 82nd Airborne Division used Twitter to disavow a man photographed giving a Nazi salute while wearing a hat with the division's insignia. "Respectfully, anyone who thinks this man represents our culture and values has never worn the maroon beret... and never will," the 82nd Airborne tweeted.