On Thursday Jul 15th, former US President Donald Trump issued a lengthy statement. Trump insisted in his statement, he wouldn’t illegally seize control of the government using military force after his election loss. However, he did suggest that he would not have tried to carry out a coup with his top military adviser.
Not into coups
Trump responded to revelations in a new book during his lengthy statement.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker wrote the book titled “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year”.
The book details fears that the outgoing president would stage a coup during his final weeks in office from General Mark Milley. In the weeks after the election, Milley was shaken by Trump’s refusal to concede according to the book.
Trump said he’d “never threatened, or spoke about, to anyone, a coup of our government” as he’s “not into coups”.
Trump said at the same time that “if I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is” Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
A stunning remark from a former president
From a former president, the mere mention of a coup was a stunning remark. Trump left the White House while helping incite a violent insurrection at the US Capitol in January. The insurrection was an effort to impede the peaceful transfer of power to incoming President, Democrat Joe Biden. The FBI since then has warned of a rapidly growing threat of homegrown violent extremism.
Grip on the Republican Party
Trump is maintaining his grip on the Republican Party, despite the violent extremism concerns. He met with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday. The meeting was at Trump’s summer home in Bedminister, New Jersey.
Also, Trump has stepped up his public schedule. A series of rallies for his supporters is being held across the country. At these rallies, Trump continues to spread the claim that last year’s election was stolen from him.
Milley was so concerned that Trump or his allies might try to use the military to remain in power. This is according to early excerpts from the book published by CNN and the Post on Wednesday ahead of its release. Milley and other top military officials hatched a plan to resign, one by one, as a move to block Trump.
Trump compared to Hitler
Trump’s speeches were reportedly compared by Milley to Adolf Hitler’s speeches during his rise to power.
Milley reportedly told aides “This is a Reichstag moment.” “The gospel of the Führer.”
Milley’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s statement.
Milley was against drawing military into election politics
However, Milley did speak against drawing the military into election politics previously. This is especially after he came under fire for joining Trump on a walk through Lafayette Square. There were photos of both of them in front of a church. Shortly before walking over to the church for the photo shoot, protesters were violently cleared off from the square.
In his statement, Trump mocked Milley’s response to that moment. From the statement, Trump said he realised that his top military adviser was “certainly not the type of person I would be talking ‘coup’ with”.
More books to be released soon
In the coming weeks, the book is one of a long list being released. It examines the chaotic final days of the Trump administration and the Jan 6th insurrection. Also, it covers the outgoing president’s refusal to accept the election’s outcome.
For hours, Trump sat with many of the authors during interviews. In recent days however, Trump issued a flood of statements that disputes their reporting. The former president has criticized former staff for participating in similar interviews.
16th July 2021 23:00
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