Marine Corps Times
April 8, 2016
Gen. James Mattis, former head of U.S. Central Command, speaks to the crew of USS George H.W. Bush during an all hands call. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho/Navy)No matter how many times retired Marine Gen. James Mattis says he is not running for president, people still hope the legendary former commander jumps into the race.
Most recently, a group of wealthy conservatives is looking to have Mattis run as a third-party candidate if Donald Trump secures the Republican Party’s nomination, according to The Daily Beast. Their hope is that no candidate wins enough electoral votes, forcing the House of Representatives to select the next president.
“Trump is a fascist lunatic and Hillary [Clinton] has one foot in a jail cell,” John Noonan, a former aide to Jeb Bush who is now advocating for Mattis to run, told The Daily Beast. “That means the lunatic can win. I’d be first in line to plead with the general to come save America.”
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