Retired Generals Slam Trump For Saying Troops Should Gun Down Migrants With Rocks

Trump throwing rocks

President Donald Trump literally claimed that he told troops being sent to the southern border to consider rocks the same as bullets in remarks that have been roundly criticized by retired military leaders.

During shocking remarks at the White House on Thursday, Trump said military personnel should consider rocks the same as a rifle and suggested that the troops will fire upon any migrants who throw rocks at them.

“I will tell you, anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to Mexico and the Mexican military, Mexican police, where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico, we will consider that a firearm,” Trump said. “Because there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock.”

“They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” he continued. “We’ll consider — and I told them — consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”

Here’s the video via YouTube.

Trump’s statement is a continuation of his fever-pitch demonization of the migrants that he has been delivering for weeks now in a desperate effort to scare Americans into voting for Republicans.

But these latest remarks drew condemnation from retired generals, who pointed out that firing upon unarmed migrants for simply throwing rocks would violate the code of conduct and rules of engagement since a rock is definitely nowhere near the same as a bullet or a gun.

Retired Lt. General Mark Hertling made the following observation on Twitter.

Retired General Martin Dempsey agreed.

Retired General Michael Hayden also responded.

Veterans organization Vote Vets condemned Trump as well.

If even one soldier listens to Trump and shoots a migrant who throws a rock, the entire credibility of our military and general support for the troops will suffer for it. Trump is hoping for violence. He wants it. And that’s why he said what he said. Hopefully, our troops ignore him and do the right thing.

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