We sure hear a lot from “retired” and “former” government officials. Remember when more than 50 former senior intelligence officials, including James Clapper and John Brennan, signed a letter claiming that the Hunter Biden laptop story had all the earmarks of Russian disinformation? Or when 31 former chiefs of staff to Democratic senators called for the repeal of the filibuster?

Now we have seven retired generals and admirals calling President Donald Trump’s actions on January 6 a “dereliction of duty” in an op-ed in the New York Times. Seven!

The Hill reports:

Former President Trump’s actions during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection constituted a “dereliction of duty” that endangered American democracy, a group of seven retired four-star generals and admirals said in a New York Times op-ed Thursday.

“When a mob attacked the Capitol, the commander in chief failed to act to restore order and even encouraged the rioters,” the former military leaders, who served Democratic and Republican presidents, wrote.

When Trump did not call the National Guard to respond with the Capitol under siege, he ignored an “urgent need” for his intervention, the retired generals and admirals argued.

“The president and commander in chief, Donald Trump, abdicated his duty to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” they wrote. And in doing so, he “tested the integrity” of civilian control of the military “as never before, endangering American lives and our democracy.”

We’re sorry, we just can’t with anyone who thinks that democracy itself was in danger on January 6, or with those who still believe it’s on the tipping point.

John Jumper? Steve Abbot?

It went from the New York Times to The Hill to Twitchy, where we gave it all the respect it deserved.