The Pentagon’s top Generals have condemned the January 6. 2021, attack on the Capitol by President Trump supporters, telling US troops that it was an illegal assault on the constitutional process.
According to a memorandum signed by all eight members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, led by the chairman, General Mark Milley, on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the Generals said: “The violent riot… was as direct assault on the US Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process. The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection.”
The letter said members of the armed services are bound to defend the constitution; adding that any act to disrupt the constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values and oath; but also against the law.”
The message came amid concerns that the President Trump-supporting extremists who raided the Congress to halt the certification of President-elect Joe Biden as the next President have supporters in the armed forces and law enforcement.
President Trump and his supporters have refused to accept that Mr Biden fairly and soundly won the November 3 presidential election.
The Pentagon is deploying as many as 15,000 National Guard troops to protect President-elect Biden’s inauguration on January 20, amid fears of new violence.
Pentagon officials were asked Monday about the possibility of pro-Trump activists in the Guard and among regular troops.
“We don’t tolerate extremists in our ranks,” said spokesman Jonathan Hoffman.
Underscoring the point, the Joint Chiefs said, “in accordance with the Constitution,” Biden would be inaugurated on January 20th “and will become our 46th commander in chief.”
In South Korea, the Commander of US Forces Korea, General Robert Abrams, retweeted the JCS statement saying there was “no ambiguity” the events at the Capitol were an “attempted insurrection”.