Mattis Hopes Americans Will Stop Partisan Division After Elections: ‘We Owe the Next Generation a Lot Better’

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.”

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General Confusion
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“Fact is the USA was founded in CHRISTIAN BELIEFS.” Brad

No, Brad, you are confused and very, very wrong. Where were you educated, in a state like Texas? Our country was the first founded as a secular country with a secular Constitution. Please, re-educate yourself.

The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American, by Andrew Seidel

ISBN-13 978-1454933274

General Confusion
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“That goes two ways. Schummer, Pelosi, Schiff, etc must also be given the door to retirement. Clean slates mean all must go.” David Walker Not all, but getting rid of the corrupt Congress men and women in BOTH parties and stopping money in politics would be a huge start because they don’t work for us. On the other hand, there are very few redeemable Republicans left, as a whole. Most of them are corrupt, compromised by their religious beliefs, have some disorder that renders their brains disfunctional, or they have a combination of all of these traits. “It will never… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

Tell it to the democrats

Sharon
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Sharon

Tell it to the Democrats.

Peter Aiello
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If partisan division doesn’t stop before the elections, what would make it stop afterwards?

General Confusion
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Mattis is confused.

The only thing that will help start getting rid of the partisanship is for all of the irrational, corrupt, and evangelical-backed and dominionist politicians, including Moscow Mitch, to lose in the next election.

Once there is somewhat of a clean slate leading to some form of sanity will it even be possible to get anywhere.

Gerald D Cline Jr.
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The Democrats have still not accepted the fact that they lost the election in 2016. They think if they throw a big enough temper-tantrum they are going to overturn the results of the election. I fear how they are going to react to losing again in 2020. Short of open Civil War I do not see how they can react more negatively than they did over 2016. I do not see them gracefully accepting the will of the American people again. At the very least I expect major rioting and physical attacks on Trump supporters.

Morte206
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What I hear here is a general call to civility and through such civility will ultimately come the goal. On an individual community level I agree with Mattis but on the national level I am saddened to say that I believe James (post below) is more on point.

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