As America is rocked by protests, we have seen the unthinkable: the military in our streets. Pitting the armed forces against citizens is the last resort of authoritarians and tyrants from Caracas, Venezuela to Tiananmen Square, China. As President Trump’s former Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis poignantly said, our cities are not a “battlespace” to be dominated by our military and our citizens’ constitutional rights cannot be infringed upon for a photo op.
We call on Defense Secretary, Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley to continue to uphold their oaths of office and refuse to turn the US military against American citizens. The purpose of our military is to defend Americans—not intimidate them.