Senior US general feared Trump attempting coup after election defeat, new book says
New book claims General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Pentagon was so concerned about a coup attempt in the 2020 presidential election that senior officials elaborated contingency plans to stop a takeover by former President Trump.
As the former president pushed his account of a stolen election, the country’s top military officer feared Mr. Trump or his supporters would attempt a coup, write Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker in the forthcoming book, “I Alone Can Fix It. ”
“They can try, but they’re not going to be successful,” Milley reportedly said. “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.”
On Thursday, Mr. Trump hit back at the news, calling the claims “so ridiculous.”
“If I were to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley,” he added.
The authors say Milley also drew parallels between Mr. Trump’s election fraud allegations and Adolf Hitler’s rhetoric in Nazi Germany. He told his staff: “It’s a Reichstag moment. … The Gospel of the Führer ”, according to the book.
The authors also say that Milley told staff members that listening to the President was like reading George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984”: “Lies are truth. Division is unity. Evil is good.”
At an event on Thursday, Milley appeared to joke about the potential impact her alleged comments could have on her own career. After commenting that he would not be retired from one of the event attendees, he said: “I might be alone before that, but who knows?”
The book also claims that Milley was not alone in her concerns. Top Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have told Milley to assure him that Mr. Trump will not use nuclear weapons, according to the book.
When asked by CBS News if he had had similar conversations with Milley, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “I will keep my conversations between myself and General Milley private.”
Milley himself was criticized for appearing with Mr. Trump on June 1, 2020, afterin front of the White House. Milley .