October 30, 2020
Speaking publicly and in alarming terms about a partisan political issue does not come naturally to retired generals and former senior national security leaders. These public servants, many of them wartime commanders and leaders, are not given to histrionics or hyperbole. So when hundreds (it’s now up to 780) of national security leaders – including 22 retired four-star general officers and five former Defense Secretaries who’ve served in both Republican and Democratic administrations — put their names on a public letter supporting former Vice President Joe Biden’s run for the White House, Breaking Defense contributor James Kitfield interviewed a cross section of them to find out why.
“All of us who spent careers in the military were raised on the notion that you lead by example, and President Trump has been the antithesis of that in dealing with this pandemic,” said Charles “Steve” Abbot, former commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet and deputy Homeland Security Adviser. “Instead of taking steps that I would call ‘Crisis Management 101,’ President Trump shirked his duty to the nation by failing to provide the central leadership necessary to get our arms around the problem, and he continues to mislead the entire nation about this terrible threat. The result of that failure of leadership was that his administration committed an unrelenting string of missteps, and the American public has lost trust in what the president tells them.”
The final straw for Abbot was President Trump’s attack on mail-in balloting during a general election beset by a pandemic, insisting without evidence that it will lead to “the most rigged election in history.” That sustained attack on the legitimacy of a presidential election could all but portend a constitutional crisis in a close contest.
“If you want to know why hundreds of us who devoted our lives to service signed a letter saying we feared for our country, look no further than the spectacle of a commander-in-chief threatening not to support a peaceful transition of power if one is required. That’s an effort to undermine our democracy,” Abbot said in an interview. “So, as a Navy man, I would tell you that the ship of state had already taken on a bad list during this pandemic. And President Trump’s insistence that he may not accept the results of the election is a torpedo in the water.”
President Trump was correct in his concern for a fraudulent presidential election. The “final straw” as stated above should be considered the signatories complicity in the 2020 election fraud. The consequences of putting a mentally deficient puppet into the role of President has destroyed the Republic. As we sit, these 780 traitors are still in control.