For the majority of American history, President’s have stayed out of the way of military discipline. Donald Trump changed that in when he pardoned former Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher along with two others accused of war crimes.
Today, the New York Times published a report on some of the allegations made against Gallagher by his fellow SEALS. When asked about the issue on CNN Friday, former Pennsylvania congressman Charlie Dent said that Trumps continued support of Gallagher will hurt him in the long run.
Host John Avlon asked Dent, “Here’s members of his own platoon saying the guy is freaking evil. The medic saying he was perfectly okay with killing anybody that was moving. Charlie Dent, my question to you is, there’s a tension here with Republicans supporting the military but also being a party of law and order and honor and this seems to have strayed from one well into undercutting credibility on the other?”
The former congressman answered, “Look, if you are the president of the United States, you have a lot of power in terms of pardons and commutations and before one intervenes, he should get the facts, and he should listen to expert testimony.”
Dent continued, “That’s one of the problems with this president. He operates on his gut and by intervening the way he did, he undermines the military and their processes and procedures. Where they made some recommendations here, and the president simply ignored them. He just simply knew better than those who spend a lot of time studying, considering all the facts of this case. and I think this is going to come back to bite the president.”
Watch the segment below, courtesy of CNN: