Facing years of unemployment because they hitched their wagon to the most toxic and inept ‘president’ the United States has ever had in modern times, many former TFG toadies have taken to writing their memoirs about their experiences with him and working for the worse administration. Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper is no different.
In his new book scheduled for release on May 10, “A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times,” Esper wrote that TFG asked if someone could just shoot the demonstrators that filled the streets around the White House following the death of George Floyd. The several days of protests resulted in TFG hiding out in a bunker: ‘Can’t you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?'”
Esper, who TFG abruptly fired after Election Day, recalled the “surreal” experience of hearing the commander-in-chief discuss opening fire on American protesters.
“(I was) sitting in front of the Resolute desk, inside the Oval Office, with this idea weighing heavily in the air, and the president red-faced and complaining loudly about the protests underway in Washington, D.C.,” Esper wrote.
Esper had to explain to TFG that he could not invoke the centuries-old Insurrection Act, “an 1807 law that permits the president to use active-duty troops on U.S. soil — in order to quell protests against racial injustice.” Read: open fire on American citizens.
“The good news — this wasn’t a difficult decision,” Esper continued, “The bad news — I had to figure out a way to walk Trump back without creating the mess I was trying to avoid.”NY Daily News:
Nearly three dozen 4-star generals, senior civilians, and some Cabinet members read or partially read Esper’s book before its scheduled release as part of a classified vetting process, Axios reported. Many of the vetting team witnessed the claims Esper made.
Esper also claimed that one of his lowest points while working in the Trump administration occurred when TFG used him as a pawn to walk with him and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Paul Milley from the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church near Lafayette Park so TFG could hold a Bible for a photo-op. Although TFG did not get his wish to shoot the demonstrators, D.C.’s MPD used tear gas to clear the crowd.