'Reichstag moment': Joint Chiefs chairman feared Trump was laying groundwork for coup

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"WASHINGTON – The highest-ranking U.S. officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, and other top military leaders made informal plans to stop a coup by former President Donald Trump and his allies in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, according to excerpts from a new book

"I Alone Can Fix It," written by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, describes how Milley and others feared Trump might take unconstitutional actions should he lose. CNN first reported on this excerpt.

The top brass was so disturbed by Trump's rhetoric casting doubt on the legitimacy of the election before it was held that the leaders discussed contingency plans for how to thwart any illegal power grabs by the president, including how and when to resign in protest over his actions.

"They may try, but they're not going to f****** succeed," Milley told his officers, according to Leonnig and Rucker. "You can't do this without the military. You can't do this without the CIA and the FBI. We're the guys with the guns."

Milley's spokesman, Army Col. Dave Butler, declined Thursday to comment on the excerpts.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – an advisory body to the president – was planning for a confrontation with Trump over what Milley saw as the former president's stoking of tensions in an attempt to lay the groundwork for a coup.

The alarm only increased after the election, when Trump and his allies contested the results and called on his supporters to oppose the legitimacy of the electoral process, often implying violence may be necessary.

"This is a Reichstag moment," Milley told his deputies in the days before Jan. 6, a reference to the 1933 burning of the German parliament that helped usher in the Nazi regime in Germany, Leonnig and Rucker write. "The gospel of the Führer.

With speculation about a military coup swirling in the months before the election, top military leaders took the unprecedented step in August 2020 of clarifying that the military would have no role in the 2020 election, despite some speculation from Trump that military action would be necessary.

“I believe deeply in the principle of an apolitical U.S. military,” Milley wrote in August 2020, responding to questions posed by two Democratic members of the House Armed Services Committee. “In the event of a dispute over some aspect of the elections, by law U.S. courts and the U.S. Congress are required to resolve any disputes, not the U.S. military. I foresee no role for the U.S armed forces in this process.”

The declarations came after Milley had spoken with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democrats, who had sought assurances the military would not intervene should Trump call for unconstitutional orders to interfere with the election or attempt a coup."
 

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"The gospel of the Führer."

So true! Like Hemingway wrote about in For Whom The Bell Tolls - "there are many who do not know they are Fascist, but will find out when the time comes"...January 6th was that time, and we found out that there are a lot of Fascists in this country! Very sad to see. It is a cult!
 

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The Bay or the Sierras
there will be hangings when this is over and it won't be who YOU think
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"WASHINGTON – The highest-ranking U.S. officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, and other top military leaders made informal plans to stop a coup by former President Donald Trump and his allies in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, according to excerpts from a new book

"I Alone Can Fix It," written by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, describes how Milley and others feared Trump might take unconstitutional actions should he lose. CNN first reported on this excerpt.

The top brass was so disturbed by Trump's rhetoric casting doubt on the legitimacy of the election before it was held that the leaders discussed contingency plans for how to thwart any illegal power grabs by the president, including how and when to resign in protest over his actions.

"They may try, but they're not going to f****** succeed," Milley told his officers, according to Leonnig and Rucker. "You can't do this without the military. You can't do this without the CIA and the FBI. We're the guys with the guns."

Milley's spokesman, Army Col. Dave Butler, declined Thursday to comment on the excerpts.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – an advisory body to the president – was planning for a confrontation with Trump over what Milley saw as the former president's stoking of tensions in an attempt to lay the groundwork for a coup.

The alarm only increased after the election, when Trump and his allies contested the results and called on his supporters to oppose the legitimacy of the electoral process, often implying violence may be necessary.

"This is a Reichstag moment," Milley told his deputies in the days before Jan. 6, a reference to the 1933 burning of the German parliament that helped usher in the Nazi regime in Germany, Leonnig and Rucker write. "The gospel of the Führer.

With speculation about a military coup swirling in the months before the election, top military leaders took the unprecedented step in August 2020 of clarifying that the military would have no role in the 2020 election, despite some speculation from Trump that military action would be necessary.

“I believe deeply in the principle of an apolitical U.S. military,” Milley wrote in August 2020, responding to questions posed by two Democratic members of the House Armed Services Committee. “In the event of a dispute over some aspect of the elections, by law U.S. courts and the U.S. Congress are required to resolve any disputes, not the U.S. military. I foresee no role for the U.S armed forces in this process.”

The declarations came after Milley had spoken with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democrats, who had sought assurances the military would not intervene should Trump call for unconstitutional orders to interfere with the election or attempt a coup."

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Reading that makes me hate him even more. He is such a POS. It is sickening that the pile of dung called the WH home for 4 years. What's even more sickening is the dolts in this country who continue to lick his orange ball sack. Disgusting.
And now you have a demented vegetable who loves him some Castro!
 

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With 0 proof. Just like your commander and thief. If the "Deep State" was responsible...then why in the hell would they let him in 2016? Come on Bob you're smarter then all this conspiracy shit...aren't you?
They didn’t realize how many people hate their crooked asses and thought no way Killary would lose, 1861 is coming fast and I can’t wait!
 
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They didn’t realize how many people hate their crooked asses and thought no way Killary would lose, 1861 is coming fast and I can’t wait!
Now I know you're playing. But kudos to you on your accurate account of a historical starting point for the civil war. Bob which side will you be on... The side of the rebels/traitors or that of the Republic?
 

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My new favorite nickname for Trump is "The Turd Reich"
I see no substance though. I just see Milley saying he thought maybe Trump would do something and there was never anything asked. The only Naz.. related comments came from Milley as well. I see Milley acting like a child to be honest.

I can completely see someone making sure things don't happen, but this seems like Trump was bad if it happened and bad if it didn't happen either.
 

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Now I know you're playing. But kudos to you on your accurate account of a historical starting point for the civil war. Bob which side will you be on... The side of the rebels/traitors or that of the Republic?
The side with 300 million and 1 trillion things you communist are desperate to make illegal!
 

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Soo just thought of this. Is the article about Milley being completely incompetent and having paranoid delusions?
 

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Sir, I didn't even go to college so I don't need a refund. Seems like you need a refund...you're making a clown college comparison, imo.
Ahh that makes so much sense. Which was it Barnum and Bailey's or the Shriner's Circus act?