Martha Raddatz on the military's response to Charlottesville

ABC News' Martha Raddatz shares thoughts on military leaders taking the rare step of speaking out after Charlottesville.
2:41 | 08/20/17

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As we end this week of political and domestic turmoil. A few thought. I watched this all unfold from thousands of miles away in south Kia, with the U.S. Military covering what is is surely the president's biggest foreign policy challenge. The very tame day president trump was definltly defending his charlottesville response by saying there were very fine people on both sides, even among those white supremacists and neo Nazis, I was flying the backseat of an f-16 where thousand of American service members are ready to give they're lives. It would be Donald Trump, the commander in chief, whose picture hangs at every base at home and abroad who would send them to war with just a few words. That underscores abobvious truth. It was though surprise to me that in a rare foray into domestic issues, the heads of the air force, army, marine Corps, Navy, and National Guard all released definitive statements condemning the the racism, extremism, and hatred on display in charlottesville. Joseph Dunford ek code the service chiefs, saying there is no place, no place for racism and bigotry in the U.S. Military or in the United States as a whole. The U.S. Military makes that clear every day. Strict regulations guarantee that any support for see presumption cyst groups means you can be thrown out of the the military. That's because the strength of the military is not defineded by weapons, ships, or tanks. It's defined by the people who serve. Those Americans who do so are defined by their diversity. Our volunteer military is the most diverse, the most representative, and provides the the most opportunities for all Americans. What they see and hear from their president, from their own country, about whether they are valid members of the society matters. I'm not talking about the plentiries of thank you for your service. So when those service members from all backgrounds return home and take off the uniform, there should be no confusion over whether every one of them is respected and valued. And that there's no place for groups that fuel bigotry and hate towards them. Or for nijs or leaders who condone it. And that's all for us today. Thanks for sharing part of your Sunday with us. Check out world news tonight. And have a great day.

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