It Took a Near Coup From the Military to Stop Trump’s Coup

If Biden and the Democrats don’t get it together, the next assault on our democracy will be even uglier and there may not be a next time after that


Daily Beast: The revelation that it took a military intervention from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to avert a coup by President Trump should terrify you.

According to excerpts from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s forthcoming book, Peril, General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “was certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election” and agreed with Nancy Pelosi’s assertion that he was “crazy.” So as Trump raged about how the election had supposedly been “stolen” from him, Milley single-handedly called a top-secret meeting of senior military officials in the Pentagon’s war room to deter Trump from launching nuclear weapons or a military strike.

That’s a stark reminder of the perilous state of our democracy, where the GOP has become so beholden to a nihilistic death cult indulging in conspiracy theories and violent insurrections that one of our few remaining guardrails was a potential military coup. I agree with Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council and White House staffer fired by Trump, that this is an “extremely dangerous precedent” because Milley “violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military.”

As thrilled as I am that Trump wasn’t able to steal power after losing the election, if our future choices come down to “right wing coup” or a “military coup to prevent a right wing coup,” we are fucked.

According to the book, Milley took an “oath” from the military officers that he, and others, would be involved if Trump ever considered giving a nuclear order or a military strike. He also made two secret phone calls to his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, four days before the election and the other two days after the January 6th insurrection, to assure him that the United States would not attack China.

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  1. As for the “coup” before the “coup,” it would,ve only been a change in management; the owners wouldn’t have changed.
    And they aren’t the American people, either.

  2. I should have said no offense intended.
    The people who work in media are in a tough spot, however they got there.
    I don’t think most of them started out with the goal of being paid liars.
    Its just outrageous, and insulting, that the public is fed lie after lie after lie.
    And they know they are lying.

  3. You got it Vern!
    It’s to the point, that when scanning the “news’ all I can see are a bunch of clowns running around holding up mirrors in one hand, and tossing smoke bombs with the other. And since there’s a whole circus of them, it amounts to a dizzying and maddening show that only sickens the viewer.

  4. Vindman is grabbing a headline. It is no a ‘miliary coup’, to prevent a crazy desperate president from slaughtering our troops and people in a Nero style moment. Milley was not going to fiddle while we were walked into a War. This circles back to my old theme that anyone running for high office has to pass a deep background check prior to running, to catch the cuckcoos early on before they can reach a level to do serious damage.

    • The test would defeat the purpose of “the office” Jim. He’s always been an egotistical manic, and that got him 1/2 of the votes. But that wasn’t anything underneath his skin. I truly believe Adelson was ready for war.

  5. “The GOP [GQP] has become a nihilistic death cult”.

    How long since I was first here saying “Trumptards are trying to fulfill the forged prophecy “We Shall #UnleashTheNihilists”?

    A LONG time!

  6. Filthy evil flatulence called Drumpffffff. Can’t believe such a mediocre piece of garbage is a hero to so many Murkans.

  7. The fact is We are Fucked. We have been Fucked. And we will be Fucked again. Other than that we have to continue to live our best lives and make sure we keep the torch of positive light in the forefront of everything we do. Noone is out there to help us, we have to help ourselves for everyones best interest. Peace all!! and keep love in your heart. We have been here before.

    • You have been here before yes, and you kept love in your heart. But you have to educate your people. The dumbing down of the people is what the Trump factory is geared to do.

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