A number of retired four-star military officers are less than enthused with Trump’s authoritarian urge to turn the military on U.S. civilians. First came former Trump Defense Secretary James Mattis (four-star Marine general), followed by former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen (four-star Navy admiral), with former Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly (four-star Marine general) coming to Mattis’ defense after Trump wrongly claimed that he had fired him. Kelly hasn’t yet issued a full-throated condemnation of Trump’s presidency, but hinted at his opinions of the man earlier this year.

Add to them a growing list of other high-ranking military officials who view Trump as a threat to democracy and the Republic, and Trump’s likely seeing stars. Certainly, there are those members of Trump’s cult who will never abandon him and will believe every ridiculous thing he says, but this can’t help.