Stanley McChrystal endorses Moulton for president

Stanley McChrystal endorses Moulton for president
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Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal endorsed Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonPortland: The Pentagon should step up or pipe down House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday MORE (D-Mass.) for president Thursday, citing his “character” and “competence.”

McChrystal, who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, referenced the chants of “send her back” that erupted at President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE’s campaign rally Wednesday evening when Trump criticized Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary Police committed 125 human rights violations during Floyd protests: Amnesty Trump campaign rolls out TV spots in early voting states after advertising pause MORE (D-Minn.).

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That moment, he told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, “reinforced for me the reality that leadership in our country is first and foremost about character, second, I think, about competence, not just personal competence but the ability to shape and lead an honest, good team.”

McChrystal added “specific policies or politics” are the third most important component of leadership.

McChrystal resigned as commander of forces in Afghanistan in 2010 after the publication of a Rolling Stone profile that quoted him as criticizing civilian government officials, including then-Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion MORE. He announced his retirement shortly thereafter.

He previously endorsed Moulton, a Marine veteran, for his successful primary challenge to then-Rep. John TierneyJohn F. TierneyYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Moulton drops out of presidential race after struggling to gain traction Stanley McChrystal endorses Moulton for president MORE (D-Mass.) in 2014, in what he said was his first-ever political endorsement.

“I thought it was time to change it and change it for one person,” McChrystal said in 2014, according to The Boston Globe.

The endorsement comes as Moulton is calling on the Democratic National Committee to reconsider its exclusion of him from the debate stage for the upcoming second primary debates, citing 12 polls that show him reaching 1 percent support.