We Should Take Coup Talk From Trump’s Cult Seriously
Never leave anything to chance with Trump and his violent, racist following
At the start of the week, Michael Flynn, who once served as National Security Adviser at the advent of President Trump’s term in office, called for a Myanmar-like coup in the United States in order to reinstall Trump into power.
“I want to know why what happened in Minamar [sic] can’t happen here?” a member of the audience, who identified himself as a Marine, asked Flynn. “No reason, I mean, it should happen here. No reason. That’s right,” Flynn responded.
Speaking at the same event earlier in the weekend, Flynn also claimed: “Trump won. He won the popular vote, and he won the Electoral College vote.”
For those out of the loop, Flynn is reportedly viewed as a hero in the QAnon movement. Last year, Flynn posted a video featuring QAnon slogans, and more recently, Flynn attempted to distinguish between the QAnon movement, which includes theories such as the world is controlled by a cabal of child sex traffickers. “What I tell people to do is look at the people that are involved,” Flynn claimed. “Look at the values that they espouse and let’s move along.”
Many of those espoused values include celebrating the deadly military coup in Myanmar and pleading for the same to happen in this country so Trump could be reinstated as president. This has been a long-standing goal for some QAnon followers. Earlier this year, some hoped Trump would declare martial law on Inauguration Day in order to prevent Joe Biden from being sworn in as president.
Moreover, it’s in support of people like Marjorie Taylor Greene, a foolish bigot who likes to harass fellow members of Congress. I understand some (certainly in the media) want to sympathize with this group of people in order to save them, but I’m a firm believer in the mantra, “Don’t save her, she don’t want to be saved.”
These people are a menace and should be treated as such.
Of course, it didn’t take long for Flynn to backpedal. By Monday, Flynn took to Parler to defend himself: “Let me be VERY CLEAR — There is NO reason whatsoever for any coup in America, and I do not and have not at any time called for any action of that sort.”
Joining him in denial is lawyer Sidney Powell, who has represented Flynn in the past. On Monday, she claimed that Flynn had in no way encouraged “any act of violence or any military insurrection.” She claimed the media had “grossly distorted” Flynn’s comments. As if it’s hard to distort “I mean, it should happen here.” (There’s also a video.)
Flynn is a liar, as proven by his pleading guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI over his conversations with Russia’s ambassador — as revealed during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. And Powell is fully aware of Flynn’s penchant for promoting violent solutions to political problems. Last December, Powell was reportedly present when Flynn reportedly suggested Trump declaring martial law in order to overturn the 2020 presidential election during a White House meeting the former president convened.
President Biden and a lot of Democrats are harping on the need for bipartisanship and normalcy at a time when violent White racists (for lack of better phrasing) are seeking to reinstall their racist avatar as president by rigging the election or threatening violent insurrection.
In response, the media’s favorite new Republican, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, tweeted on Monday afternoon: “No American should advocate or support the violent overthrow of the United States.” She tweeted a link to an article with the news of Flynn’s Sunday remarks. Others, such as Congresswoman Elaine Luria, a Virginia Democrat who vice-chairs the House Armed Services Committee, said, “Flynn’s remarks border on sedition. There’s certainly conduct unbecoming an officer.”
There is an ongoing debate on what to do about Michael Flynn within the military. I’ll let them tend to their business, but for others in law enforcement, I suggest the feds investigate a raging White man when he’s waving the rhetoric in all of our faces. They should also look at his friend, too. As Byron York reported, at the same event, Sidney Powell said “It should be that he can simply be reinstated, that a new inauguration day is set. And Biden is told to move out of the White House. And President Trump should be moved back in.”
And how would any of this happen exactly?
Sounds pretty violent to me.
As for the man all this talk is for, it appears Trump himself remains pro-coup. And depending on whom you ask, it may be more than wishful thinking.
According to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, Trump has apparently been “telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated [as president] by August.” He has no idea how such “reinstatement” would work, but Haberman claims he’s “laser-focused” on the GOP “audits” of votes in large Democratic counties in Arizona and Georgia.
In a follow up, she tweeted: “It isn’t happening in a vacuum. It is happening as he faced the possibility of an indictment from the Manhattan DA.”
Since then, the National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke chimed in with “Maggie Haberman Is Right” to confirm he’s heard the same about Trump’s belief that he will be somehow reinstated in the summer.
So, a desperate aspiring dictator who screams violence and sociopathy in nearly every deranged ranting he gives on the campaign stump doesn’t want to go to jail and knows power is the only way he can likely stay out of prison. Still supporting him is a conspiracy theory loving cult along with the other racist cult known as the GOP base.
President Biden and a lot of Democrats are harping on the need for bipartisanship and normalcy at a time when violent White racists (for lack of better phrasing) are seeking to reinstall their racist avatar as president by rigging the election or threatening violent insurrection. Others will say it more eloquently, but put simply, these are the type of people who never let go of the Civil War, so the chances of them letting go of the “Big Lie” seem nonexistent at this point.
And I come from the school of thought that when violent people threaten violence, you take them at their word and prepare accordingly.