by Peter Bergen, CNNNovember 2018
President Trump spoke to Chris Wallace of Fox News on Sunday and made a number of false claims about the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.
Wallace mentioned the commander of that operation, retired Admiral Bill McRaven, who has publicly criticized Trump for his denigration of the media. Trump responded that McRaven is a “Hilary Clinton backer and an Obama-backer.”
In fact, McRaven took no position on the 2016 presidential election in which Clinton ran against Trump.
McRaven did serve in the US military at a time when President Obama was the president, which makes him no more of an Obama backer than anyone in uniform today is a Trump “backer.”
After Trump’s Fox interview, McRaven told CNN, “I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else. I am a fan of President Obama and President George W. Bush, both of whom I worked for.”McRaven's crime, as far as Trump seems to be concerned, is that he publicly defended former CIA director, John Brennan, in August when the President revoked Brennan's security clearance because of his criticism of Trump. Click To Tweet
Authoritarians are highly self-righteous, and believe they are the ‘good people,’ this can unlock hostile impulses against those they consider “bad.”
They’re highly compartmentalized, so opposite beliefs live independent lives in separate mental boxes. As a result, their thinking is full of double-standards.
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