Trump announced the firing on social media as he usually does to get unfiltered information to the American people. The president tweeted he was making Christopher C. Miller, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as the acting secretary of defense, and he said it was “effective immediately.”
“I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately..”
The Commander-in-Chief followed up with another tweet.
“…Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.”
Esper’s leaving was expected for months, as tensions grew with the White House. Some had expected that Esper would get the jump on being fired by resigning fiorst, however, with with the upcoming election, it seemed like neither side wanted to make waves.
Why was Esper fired? Because he did an unforgivable thing of publicly coming out against the president over talk of the possibility of using the “Insurrection Act” to deal with the riots across Democrat-run cities throughout the summer. Remember, Democrat officials refused to quell the riots in their own cities, all to make it appear that they were happening because of Donald Trump. We still can’t follow that logic, but that’s what happened. Marxists used to death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police to start riots in major Democrat cities under the guise of fighting police brutality, but they were really using Floyd’s death to overturn the United States and force Marxist rule onto our society.
Trump never declared he was going to use the Insurrection Act to stop the riots, only saying he could use it, and that his people were looking at it. Even so, Esper then publicly tried to shut down the Commander-in-Chief. By the Defense Secretary openly saying he did not support using the Insurrection Act, he single-handedly took away the president’s right to make a decision, which is under his authority, even if Esper doesn’t like it.
The president ordered active-duty troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to assemble outside the Washington, DC area in case they were needed to put down violent protests. No one else was doing it and good people were being hurt, businesses were being burned to the ground, and no one in charge was lifting a finger to stop it.
Esper came out and publicly said the following:
“The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire of situations,” going against the president’s order “We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”
A Secretary of Defense blatantly coming out against the Commander-in-Chief does more harm than you think. It sends a message to the troops that one of them is wrong, and in our atmosphere of constant attacks on this president, Esper could have hurt morale among the soldiers who serve under the president.
Speaking to Military Times in an exclusive interview on November. 4, Esper confirmed he never intended to quit. He also had no idea if or when he was going to be fired.
“So what I’m trying to do is, kind of, share my views and perspectives while they’re still fresh,” he said.
Esper’s critics would call him “Yesper,” and it must have struck a nerve, because he went out saying he has not been anyone’s “yes man.”
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“My frustration is I sit here and say, ‘Hm, 18 Cabinet members. Who’s pushed back more than anybody?’ Name another Cabinet secretary that’s pushed back,” he said. “Have you seen me on a stage saying, ‘Under the exceptional leadership of blah-blah-blah, we have blah-blah-blah-blah?’ “
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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