In a fiery speech at the Republican National Convention last week, former Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller said that Trump is a “cancer” and that he would be “very disappointed” if the president-elect would be reelected.
Neller also warned that the Republican Party will suffer if Trump wins in 2020.
He was speaking on the day Trump nominated former Lt.
Gen. Mike Flynn as his national security adviser.
The former Marine was one of several top officials who spoke at the convention to defend Trump’s policies, saying they are not based on racism.
Nellers speech was an emotional response to the election results.
“You know, what the American people have asked is, ‘Is it our turn?
Are we going to elect a president who believes in discrimination?
Are you going to take away our civil rights, our voting rights, the ability to marry same-sex couples, to adopt children?
Is it our time?’
And you know, that is an embarrassment to our country,” Neller told the crowd.
“I am not saying we should not do it, but I am saying, we’re going to do it.
And if we can’t, we are not going to be part of the American Party.”
Neller was the top officer of the Marine Corps in Vietnam, where he was a leader of the 1st Marine Division and the 5th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
In an interview with The Washington Post, he said he believes the war in Vietnam is not about racism, but the “toxic masculinity” that resulted in the deaths of thousands of service members.
Neller also said that, while he did not agree with some of Trump’s campaign rhetoric, his views on sexual assault and discrimination in the military did not change.
His remarks drew strong condemnation from fellow Republicans and Democrats.
“We are witnessing the worst kind of bigotry and hate-mongering from a man who was elected president of the United States,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.
“The time for demagoguery and fear is over.
This is not America.
We are a nation of immigrants.
The move was widely condemned as racist and insensitive to victims of sexual assault. “
Neller’s comments came as the Trump administration faces criticism over the appointment of Gen. Flynn as national security advisor.
The move was widely condemned as racist and insensitive to victims of sexual assault.
Former Vice President Mike Pence and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands after signing the first executive order to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, as the United Nations General Assembly meets in New York, U.S., November 10, 2021.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during the opening session of the 2020 General Assembly at the U.n. headquarters in New Delhi, India, November 10 and 11, 2020.
House Speaker Paul Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in an interview on Fox News Sunday that the “political correctness” of Trump supporters has left a “big hole” in the country.
“They are the ones who are emboldened by the election of this president, who will embolden others. “
It is the president, in the context of this administration, who has given an emboldened voice to those who are threatening our core values and ideals of inclusion and freedom of speech,” Ryan said.
“They are the ones who are emboldened by the election of this president, who will embolden others.
And it’s not just the voices of those who believe that sexual assault should be illegal, who believe in a return to the days of Jim Crow laws.”
Nellers remarks come amid heightened scrutiny of Trump.
On Monday, the Senate Ethics Committee announced that Flynn would not be required to disclose any financial transactions.
Flynn resigned as national intelligence director after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Pence about his communications with Russia.