Donald Trump has nominated three retired generals for top positions in his incoming administration, and the media is freaking out. Allegedly serious journalists are beginning to throw around the word “junta,” which typically refers to a military government that rules after removing the previous government by force, not via democratic election.
Social media platforms such as Twitter are awash in liberal hysteria.
Three generals and maybe a fourth. Can we just cut to the chase and call ourselves a junta?
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) December 7, 2016
Junta or administration? Trump picks retired generals to run key American agencieshttps://t.co/0AS4rio7Ds
— Thomas Watkins (@thomaswatkins) December 8, 2016
How many generals do you need in government before you technically become a junta? https://t.co/cGUJse64M3
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) December 7, 2016
— Harry Leslie Smith (@Harryslaststand) December 8, 2016
Of course, the media didn’t freak out back in 2008 when Barack Obama nominated three generals to serve in his cabinet.
Obama appoints 3 generals (Jones, Shinsheki, Blair).
Trump appoints 3 generals (Mattis, Kelly, Flynn). Concerning.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) December 8, 2016
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) December 8, 2016
Trump supporters, meanwhile, are pretty happy about the president-elect’s military nominees.
With all of these Generals being added to Trump's Cabinet he is sending the clear message – we are here to kick butt, get ready.
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) December 7, 2016
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