Biden made a speech in front of in building where the US constitution was written like two marines in dress blues standing in background. Red light bathed building and marines.
Biden warns US faces powerful threat from anti-democratic forces
Presidents have long used US troops and military equipment as they refer to the American people. But military officials often sought to narrow how people in form is drawn into the political spotlight, holding on to the belief that military is an institution that protects all Americans regardless of of political affiliation.
White House officialSpeaking on condition of anonymity because of in sensitivity of in the issue acknowledged that the administration made conscious decision turn on the marines for symbolism.
“The President made an important speech last a night about our democracy and our values, the values that our men as well as women in a uniform fight protect every day official said in statement. “Presence of The Marines’ performance was meant to demonstrate a deep and enduring respect for the president. for their service to these ideals and unique role our independent military games in defend our democracy no matter what party is in power”.
For some scientists who study civilmilitary affairs, use of The Marine Corps as a backdrop for the speech was unreasonable.
Peter Feaver, professor at Duke University, said that while presidents are political actors, they “need be careful not to bring military in the frame when they are engaged in partisan, political actions.
“In this case, the choice is to literally leave the Marines guard in the frame was wrong oneFever said. who expressed concern about how Trump politicized military on numerous cases. “He may even have effect of distracts from the message people argue about optics, not about essence of President’s speech.
lindsey Cohn, who studies civilmilitary affairs at the Naval Academy, said Biden being framed by the Marines during the speech was “not a crisis, but it could have been should been avoided.”
Cohn said she sees an argument for Biden delivering a necessary and candid speech. in that he explicitly noted that not all Republicans were a threat. But she added that the Biden administration needs to be “overly sensitive and careful about optics to try to amplify some of norms” that the Trump administration has loosened.
Appeal to US troops at the Pentagon in February 2020 at the beginning of of his administration, Biden said he would never disrespect them and “would never politicize work you do.”
Biden critics – including many who remained silent during Trump battles with Pentagon – lashed out on in use of Marines.
“The only thing worse than a Biden speech that devastated his fellow citizens is to turn around in our flag and Marines to make it happen,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) tweeted.
The only thing worse than Biden’s speech that devastated his fellow citizens is wrapping up in our flag and marines to make it happen.
— Rep Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) September 2, 2022
James Hutton, Veterans Affairs official during the Trump administration, tweeted that Biden “used Marines as props.” for his divisive and overtly political speech.”
Biden supporters responded by pointing out out numerous ways Trump has undermined non-partisan nature of in military.
In June 2020 he was looking for for days before use active-duty US troops to quell protests provoked by police killing of George Floyd, anxiety senior Pentagon officials who saw him plans like abuse of power. On high of crisis, federal forces ousted protesters from Place Lafayette outside of The White House before Trump took over others senior US officials at a nearby church for photo opportunity. General Mark A. Milley, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, later apologized for appearance with president briefly outside White House, declaring that his presence in this moment “created the perception of in military involved in domesticated politics”.
At the beginning of During his administration, Trump went to the Pentagon and signed executive acts, including an executive order aimed at severely curbing immigration from several Muslim-majority countries. countries. He did it in Hall of the Pentagon of Heroes”, a hall dedicated to the military medal of Respect recipients.