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Thu Sep 24, 2020, 07:08 PM

Trump's former Coast Guard chief endorses Biden, cites 'insurgency' on the Constitution

Source: Politico

President Donald Trump's former four-star head of the Coast Guard is speaking out on his decision to endorse Joe Biden, saying it's due to an "insurgency" on Americans' constitutional rights that has occurred on the commander in chief's watch.

Retired Adm. Paul Zukunft, who stepped down as commandant of the Coast Guard in June 2018, is one of almost 500 former national security leaders who signed an open letter released Thursday questioning Trump's fitness for command.

"I've seen an insurgency, if you will, on our constitutional rights and more power being centralized at the executive level that has really divided our nation," Zukunft told POLITICO. "I am concerned that our constitutional rights are being infringed upon from within."

Zukunft's comments come a day after Trump sidestepped a question about whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November election. His press secretary later said the president would "accept the results of a free and fair election." The president has also repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of mail-in voting, and even urged Americans to vote twice, which is illegal.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/24/trump-coast-guard-endorses-biden-420953



The Constitution means everything to Patriots.

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Reply Trump's former Coast Guard chief endorses Biden, cites 'insurgency' on the Constitution (Original post)
Kid Berwyn Sep 24 OP
Blue Owl Sep 24 #1
Rural_Progressive Sep 24 #2
Drum Sep 24 #7
Rural_Progressive Sep 24 #8
rwsanders Sep 25 #10
bluestateboomer Sep 24 #3
ffr Sep 24 #4
Rural_Progressive Sep 24 #9
FreddyWhite Sep 24 #5
Evolve Dammit Sep 24 #6
rwsanders Sep 25 #11

Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 07:11 PM

1. K&R

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 07:14 PM

2. Ah once again I am so proud to have served

in that branch of the service. Well spoken Admiral.

Semper paratus!!!

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Response to Rural_Progressive (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 08:10 PM

7. Thanks, Rural_Progressive!




From a late-bloomer amateur sailor, who’s wished to wind back time and to be with the CG too

-Drum

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Response to Drum (Reply #7)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 10:56 PM

8. Winding back time would be the ticket

I served when the CG was under the Dept of Transportation. We actually did work that was productive and satisfying. I served on a buoy tender, an ocean going tug, and a high endurance cutter so I was involved in maintaining aids to navigation, fishery patrols, SAR, all kinds of great stuff.

Today's CG under DHS doesn't have the same focus and I would not want to be engaged in some of their current missions.

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Response to Rural_Progressive (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 25, 2020, 01:29 PM

10. I started when we were under DOT also. The changes were dramatic and sad.

You don't want to spend time chasing imaginary terrorists or acting as a mini-Guantanamo? I agree.

BTW, the black hull crews are the best. I was D11 DRAT equipment specialist for 4 years. When I retired they asked me what ensign I wanted and I got one flown over the USCGC Aspen.

I wish I had joined when I was younger. I never got on the water, but did duck and weave to finish my 20 in the reserves.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 07:20 PM

3. I Love it!

The Admirals last name means FUTURE in german!

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 07:30 PM

4. Fells like each new news story is

Hey tRumpsters in Cult45,

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Response to ffr (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 10:57 PM

9. Get enough snowflakes together

moving in the same direction and watch what happens.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 07:30 PM

5. let's make this a bit more clear...

I must edit this like the CDC edited the report from corona the meat packing plant in South Dakota (as Rachael Maddow reported on)

"I've seen an insurgency, if you will, on our constitutional rights and more power being centralized at the executive level that has really divided our nation," Zukunft told POLITICO. "I am concerned that our constitutional rights are being infringed upon from within."


changing it to:

I've seen an insurgency, on our constitutional rights and more power being centralized at the executive level that has really divided our nation, (as not seen before since the civil war)" ..." our constitutional rights are being infringed upon from within."

There, that sounds better. I am so tired of the delicate that people put things. Right now, direct, emphatic language is needed. If only they would give me the job .

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 07:41 PM

6. Thank you Admiral.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri Sep 25, 2020, 01:32 PM

11. Zukunft is no liberal, but he has never forgiven Trump for trying to cut 8 billion from the USCG

budget. That would have killed the service.
His first strike back was saying the USCG would not abandon protections for LGBT members and I'm glad to see he is still speaking out.

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