Ten ex-US defense ministers warn against the use of the military in the dispute over the election result

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Ten former US defense ministers warn Trump against using the military

Former US defense ministers are calling for one "peaceful transfer of power".

The former US defense ministers are calling for a “peaceful transfer of power”.

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In an opinion article in the Washington Post, ten former US defense ministers have warned the incumbent president against using the military in the dispute over the election result. The ex-ministers spoke of an “unconstitutional area”.

All ten living ex-defense ministers of the United States have warned against the use of the military in the dispute over the election results, which were questioned by President Donald Trump. Corresponding “efforts” would lead the country into “dangerous, illegal and unconstitutional territory”, according to an opinion article published on Sunday by the ex-ministers for the “Washington Post”.

Ex-defense minister calls for “peaceful transfer of power”

Among them are politicians from both Democrats and Republicans; James Mattis and Mark Esper, two former defense ministers of the Trump administration, also joined the call. The peaceful transfer of power is a “trademark of our democracy”, it says in the article.

Apart from the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, as a result of which civil war broke out in the United States, the transition to the presidency has always been peaceful. “This year shouldn’t be an exception.” Should government officials try to use the military anyway, they face serious political and legal consequences.

Ashton Carter, Leon Panetta, William Perry, Dick Cheney, William Cohen, Robert Gates, Chuck Hagel, and Donald Rumsfeld also signed up for the article. Former defense ministers called for the dispute over the presidential election results to be resolved and for the victory of Democrat Joe Biden to be recognized. The courts had rejected all claims for alleged electoral fraud, they wrote in support of the statement.

Trump denounces supposed massive electoral fraud without presenting any evidence. The president and his allies have suffered dozens of court defeats in the election litigation. Still, a significant part of his party cast doubt on Biden’s victory. A group of twelve Republican US Senators announced their opposition to the confirmation of Biden’s victory by the US Congress on Wednesday.

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