Stanley McChrystal endorses Moulton for president

Stanley McChrystal endorses Moulton for president
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Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal endorsed Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonDeval Patrick beefs up campaign staff Lawmakers honor JFK on 56th anniversary of his death Pardoning war crimes dishonors the military 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 TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE’s campaign rally Wednesday evening when Trump criticized Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump 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 BidenRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Trump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles 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.