The military’s top leaders have issued separate statements condemning racism following a white nationalist rally that turned violent over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va.
Adm. John Richardson, head of the Navy, was first to address the issue, tweeting on Saturday that the events were “shameful” and “unacceptable, and that the Navy should save violence “only for our enemies.”
Events in Charlottesville unacceptable & musnt be tolerated @USNavy forever stands against intolerance & hatred…https://t.co/tg0cETibaq
— Adm. John Richardson (@CNORichardson) August 13, 2017
Others joined in on Wednesday, in a move the Los Angeles Times saw as distancing themselves from President Donald Trump, their commander in chief.
Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, said his branch “doesn’t tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks. It’s against our Values and everything we’ve stood for since 1775.”
The Army doesn’t tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks. It’s