The Pentagon’s high generals condemned the January 6 assault on the Capitol by Trump supporters on Tuesday, telling US troops that it was an unlawful assault on the constitutional course of.
“The violent riot… was as direct assault on the US Congress, the Capitol constructing, and our Constitutional course of,” mentioned a memorandum signed by all eight members of the Joint Chiefs of Workers, led by the chairman, Common Mark Milley.
“The rights of freedom of speech and meeting don’t give anybody the precise to resort to violence, sedition and rebel,” they mentioned.
The letter mentioned members of the armed providers are certain to defend the structure.
“Any act to disrupt the constitutional course of is just not solely in opposition to our traditions, values and oath; it’s in opposition to the legislation.”
The message got here amid considerations that the Trump-supporting extremists who raided the Congress to halt the certification of Joe Biden as the subsequent president have supporters within the armed forces and legislation enforcement.
Trump and his supporters have refused to simply accept that Biden pretty and soundly gained the November 3 presidential election.
The Pentagon is deploying as many as 15,000 Nationwide Guard troops to guard Biden’s inauguration on January 20, amid fears of recent violence.
Pentagon officers had been requested Monday about the potential for pro-Trump activists within the Guard and amongst common troops.
“We do not tolerate extremists in our ranks,” mentioned spokesman Jonathan Hoffman.
Underscoring the purpose, the Joint Chiefs mentioned that, “in accordance with the Structure,” Biden can be inaugurated on January twentieth “and can turn out to be our forty sixth commander in chief.”
In South Korea, the commander of US Forces Korea, Common Robert Abrams, retweeted the JCS assertion saying there was “no ambiguity” the occasions on the Capitol had been an “tried rebel”.
“In case you are serving in uniform and suppose it was one thing else, I’d encourage (you) to sit down down and skim the structure that you just swore an oath to help and defend,” wrote Abrams, who makes use of the deal with @DogFaceSoldier.
“No room on our staff in case you are not keen to defend the structure in opposition to all enemies, international AND home.”
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