Former DOD Officials Pen Open Letter Warning Trump on Election Fight

President Trump’s efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 election are, by definition, a temporary situation, with a constitutionally-mandated inauguration set to commence on January 20th…with or without him.

And that’s precisely why there has been a hearty uptick in the severity of his attempts to somehow overturn Joe Biden’s electoral college win.  On January 6th, Trump’s supporters will flood Washington DC at the same time that Congress will again certify those results, albeit with some pushback from a number of Trump loyalists in the Capitol.

What happens next is anyone’s guess, and that uncertainty has former Pentagon staffers and military officials concerned.

In an extraordinary rebuke of President Donald Trump, all 10 living former secretaries of defense are cautioning against any move to involve the military in pursuing claims of election fraud, arguing that it would take the country into “dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory.”

The 10 men, both Democrats and Republicans, signed on to an opinion article published Sunday in The Washington Post that implicitly questioned Trump’s willingness to follow his Constitutional duty to peacefully relinquish power on Jan. 20. Following the Nov. 3 election and subsequent recounts in some states, as well as unsuccessful court challenges, the outcome is clear, they wrote, while not specifying Trump in the article.

“The time for questioning the results has passed; the time for the formal counting of the electoral college votes, as prescribed in the Constitution and statute, has arrived,” they wrote.

And then, harshly…

“Efforts to involve the U.S. armed forces in resolving election disputes would take us into dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory,” they wrote. “Civilian and military officials who direct or carry out such measures would be accountable, including potentially facing criminal penalties, for the grave consequences of their actions on our republic.”

And while this warning certainly aims to deescalate the situation, it could also serve to embolden some of the more radical members of the far right, whose online chatter has turned violent and revolutionary in nature over the course of the last few weeks.