A group of military leaders broke with President Donald Trump and rebuked the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville over the weekend — a near-historic development for U.S. civil-military relations.
The joint chiefs condemnation of racism and white supremacist groups is notable because it stands in stark contrast with Trump's statements that blamed both white-nationalist marchers and counter-protesters — even though it was a Nazi sympathizer who caused all of the casualties.
It is also remarkable because American military leaders tend to stay outside of the political arena.
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The first statement came after Trump — who oftentimes declares his admiration and love for members of the military — waffled over his condemnation of racism during a Saturday press conference for an executive order that affected veterans, blaming "many sides" for the violence in Charlottesville.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson's shared his admonition hours later on Saturday night.
The military is one of the most integrated institutions in the federal government. According to the Department of Defense, the military is 37 percent nonwhite, which about matches the country at large.
Trump currently carries three generals in his cabinet. Former Marine four-stars John Kelly and James Mattis lead White House and Pentagon operations respectively, while Army three-star H.R. McMaster serves as Trump's national security adviser.
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