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James Mattis Roasts Trump In Speech, Warns Of 'Ambitious Leader Unfetter By Conscience'

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Former Defense Secretary and General James Mattis tore into President Donald Trump in a speaking engagement after the president called him overrated.
Mattis did not hold back on his former employer and the current president at the Al Smith Dinner in new York on Thursday.
And CNN host Don Lemon, in his typical fashion, loved it when he showed the clip of the speech on CNN where Mattis took many shots at the president.
Rush Transcript:
“I do stand before you, as was noted here, really having achieved greatness. I mean, I’m not just an overrated general, I am the greatest, the world’s most, overrated.
“And this in no small part — I will tell you, I owe New York. I owe New York for this because, Senator Schumer, have I thanked you for bringing my name up in a rather contentious meeting in Washington where this grew out of?
“So I would just tell you, too, that I’m honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress.
“So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals. And, frankly, that sounds pretty good to me. And you do have to admit that between me and Meryl, at least we’ve had some victories.
“And some of you were kind during the reception and asked me, you know, if this bothered me to have been rated this way based on what Donald Trump said.
“I said, of course, not. I’d earned my spurs on the battlefield, martin, as you pointed out, Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor.
“So, not in the least put out by it, and I think the only person in the military that Mr. Trump doesn’t think is overrated is who you pointed out, Martin, that’s Colonel Sanders.
“But none of this can diminish the honor that I feel tonight of being here among all of you wonderful folks in this great all-American city.
“I started working in Washington, D.C., that I realized how easy I had it overseas in a combat zone. Now, this won’t be news to anyone in this room, but we’re going through a tough highly partisan time here in our country.
“And I’ve never been much for partisanship. I’ve always believed in bipartisan and the greatness of our country lies in teamwork. And my record on bipartisanship is clear, after all, I’ve reportedly been fired by presidents of both parties.
“I will stand on that record. As many of you know, Donald Trump nicknamed me ‘Mad dog,’ but these days I’ve turned over a Kinder, gentler leaf. I like to think of myself as less of a ‘Mad dog’ and more of an emotional support animal, and that’s really great because now the airlines let me fly for free.
“It’s been a year since I left the administration. The recovery process is going well. The counselor says I’ll graduate soon.
“A year is — according to white House time — about 9,000 hours of executive time or 1,800 holes of golf. And that’s given me some time to reflect and to think about what our country and where — about our country and where it’s going, so I turn to history for we’ve been through tough times in the past in our country and often in history,
“I have found the way forward. It’s tempting, this evening, to look back exactly a century to 1919, the year that Alfred Emanuel Smith first took office as governor of New York. His nomination as the democratic Party’s candidate for president, first Roman catholic to be nominated for that office by a major party, nine years ahead. It was in many ways a troubled time.
“Anti-immigrant fervor ran high. Political corruption made national headlines. The glitz of the jazz age was real, yet working and living conditions for much of the American population were abysmal.
“The country was enjoying an economic boom but a storm was on the horizon. ‘No,’ Lincoln went on, ‘It was not the foreign aggressor we must fear. It was corrosion from within.
“’The rot, the viciousness, the lassitude, the ignorance. Anarchy is one potential consequence of all this. Another is the rise of an ambitious leader unfettered by conscience or precedent or decency who would make themselves supreme. If destruction be our lot,’ Lincoln warned,
“’We must, ourselves, be its author and finisher.’” I think often of Abraham Lincoln’s speech because it embodies both our greatest hopes and our darkest fears.
“Today, in our own time, we need only look around us. For decades, our political conduct has been woeful and a source of national paralysis. We have supplanted trust and empathy with suspicion and contempt. We have scorched or opponents with language that precludes compromise. We have brushed aside the possibility that persons with whom we disagree might actually sometimes be right.
“We owe a debt to all who have fought for liberty including those who tonight serve in the far corners of our planet. Among them, the American men and women supporting our Kurdish allies.
“And I would note that the phrase, ‘All who have fought for liberty’ also include the generations of ordinary citizens who have embodied our national ideals and passed them down.
“In Springfield, Lincoln invoked Biblical language to describe how the power of this common spirit protects our nation. He said as truly as has been said of the only greater institution, your eminence, the Gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
“So, ladies and gentlemen, with malice for none and charity for all, let us restore trust in one another. Thank you very much.”

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