Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine commanders publicly say what the president will not

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff / Flickr robert neller...
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff / Flickr

One of the lead organizers of the Charlottesville white nationalist rally has been identified as a former Marine, one who apparently began leading his white nationalist organization while he was still in the U.S. Marine Corp. From CNN:

The Military Times and the Guardian reported that former Marine recruiter Dillon Ulysses Hopper is the leader of Vanguard America — a group which helped organize the “Unite the Right” protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned violent over the weekend. The Anti-Defamation League identified Hopper as the leader of Vanguard America, which ADL labels a “white supremacist” group, and said Hopper began leading the organization in “early 2016.”
According to Hopper’s service records, he was a member of the Marine Corps from July 10, 2006 until January 30, 2017. If ADL is correct, that would mean he began leading the white nationalist group while still technically in the Marines.

Terrorist James Fields Jr. was photographed holding a shield with the Vanguard America logo before he apparently made his way to his Dodge Challenger and drove at full speed into a crowd of counter protesters. 

U.S. Marine Corp Commandant Robert Neller was quick to react to the news that one of their own is running a white nationalist organization. His response also seemed to counter Trump’s bizarre, hateful response to questions about Charlottesville. 

No place for racial hatred or extremism in @USMC. Our core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment frame the way Marines live and act.

— Robert B. Neller (@GenRobertNeller) August 15, 2017


Gen. Mark A. Milley, Commander of the U.S. Army Forces also issued a stern statement rejecting racism:

The Army doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks. It's against our Values and everything we've stood for since 1775.

— GEN Mark A. Milley (@ArmyChiefStaff) August 16, 2017


Neither directly called out Donald Trump by name, but it seems clear the top military leaders in this nation felt compelled to speak out and counter the message from the current occupant of the White House. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein is also weighing in:

I stand with my fellow service chiefs in saying we're always stronger together-it's who we are as #Airmen

— Gen. Dave Goldfein (@GenDaveGoldfein) August 16, 2017


Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, was the first to weigh in after the events in Charlottesville:

Events in Charlottesville unacceptable & musnt be tolerated @USNavy forever stands against intolerance & hatred…

— Adm. John Richardson (@CNORichardson) August 13, 2017


Meanwhile, here is live reaction of Gen. John Kelly, Babysitter-in-Chief, during Trump’s press conference:

General Kelly watching the press conference today

— Yashar Ali (@yashar) August 16, 2017


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