Former President Trump hit back on Thursday against the accusations that he wanted a coup, pushing back on claims from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley.
“I never threatened anyone or discussed a coup of our Government,” Trump said. “It’s completely ridiculous! Sorry to tell you, but an Election is my type of ‘coup,’ and if I wanted a coup, the last person I would want is General Milley. He got his job only due to being the most overrated general, James Mattis, didn’t like him, did not respect him, and did not recommend him.”
Trump stated that he lost any respect for Milley after the St. John’s Church incident.
“Milley choked up like a dog in the spotlight of Fake News when they said he should not be walking with the President, which was incorrect. He apologized a lot, turning it a huge story, instead of simply saying I am proud to protect and walk with the President. If he had said that, it would have been done, no huge deal, but I saw that he had no skill or courage, certainly not the kind of person I would be discussing a ‘coup’ with.”
“I’m not into coups!” Trump said.
Milley was so worried Trump and his team would start a coup after the Nov. election that he and other officials worked out ways to prevent Trump from doing so should the need arise, a new book says, according to CNN who got a copy.
“They may attempt it, but they won’t succeed,” Milley supposedly told deputies. “You cannot do this without the military. You cannot do this without the FBI and the CIA. We are the guys with the guns.”
Milley reportedly was worried about the firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and former A.G. William Barr’s resignation. Milley was also concerned that President Trump was “encouraging unrest.”
“Milley told his staff that he thought Trump was causing unrest, possibly hoping for an excuse to use the Insurrection Act and use the military,” Washington Post journalists Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig wrote, according to this report.
Milley allegedly even went further by comparing Trump to “the classic authoritarian with nothing to lose” and saw commonalities with Hitler.
“This is the Reichstag moment,” Milley said to aides. “The gospel of the Fuhrer.”
Author: Blake Ambrose