Former Defense Secretary James Mattis is hoping the division that lingered after the 2016 presidential election will end.
The 2016 election was very divisive and that division didn’t go anywhere after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. In the early days of his presidency, Democrats were calling for impeachment and the Department of Justice was already investigating his campaign for ties to Russia.
Following the release of the Mueller Report which found no evidence of criminal conspiracy, Democrats are still pushing for impeachment and have launched many congressional investigations of their own.
This lingering division, Mattis argues, is bad for the country.
In an interview with ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, Mattis expressed his hope that the nation will be able to reunite instead of pushing division after elections.
Watch Mattis’ comments:
“I think we have to look at [America’s internal divisiveness] as a problem in our society. A democracy cannot work without compromise. We’re going to have to learn to listen to one another. Really understand and learn from one another. Accept the fact that once in a while, the people we disagree with might actually be right. And when an election’s over —when we’re done dividing ourselves and going into the voting booths and having good strong arguments with one another — once the election is decided, let’s get back together and start governing.”
Mattis noted in his recently released book, “Call Sign Chaos,” that he believes internal division within the United States is the greatest threat the country faces. He hopes that the country will find a way to reconnect and work together in order to face the other threats facing the country.
“We owe our children,” said the former secretary, adding, “We owe the next generation a lot better than what we’re doing today in terms of solving our nation’s problems.”