The Pentagon’s prime 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 building, 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 suitable to resort to violence, sedition and rebel,” they mentioned.
The letter mentioned members of the armed companies are sure to defend the structure.
“Any act to disrupt the constitutional course of just isn’t solely towards our traditions, values and oath; it’s towards 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 just accept that Biden pretty and soundly gained the November three presidential election.
The Pentagon is deploying as many as 15,00zero Nationwide Guard troops to guard Biden’s inauguration on January 20, amid fears of latest 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 could be inaugurated on January 20th “and can grow to be our 46th 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”.
“If you’re serving in uniform and assume it was one thing else, I’d encourage (you) to sit down down and skim the structure that you simply swore an oath to assist and defend,” wrote Abrams, who makes use of the deal with @DogFaceSoldier.
“No room on our group if you’re not prepared to defend the structure towards all enemies, overseas AND home.”
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