On Friday Dana told us about the certifiably insane proposal by disgraced liar Michael Flynn that Trump impose martial law to order new elections in swing states that he lost. Now comes news that Trump himself discussed that fascist idea in a recent White House meeting:
During an appearance on the conservative Newsmax channel this week, Mr. Flynn pushed for Mr. Trump to impose martial law and deploy the military to “rerun” the election. At one point in the meeting on Friday, Mr. Trump asked about that idea.
Another idea from the brain trust: appoint certifiably insane Flynn and Kraken lawyer Sidney Powell as some kind of “special counsel” at the White House to investigate election fraud:
President Trump on Friday discussed naming Sidney Powell, who as a lawyer for his campaign team unleashed conspiracy theories about a Venezuelan plot to rig voting machines in the United States, to be a special counsel overseeing an investigation of voter fraud, according to two people briefed on the discussion.
It was unclear if Mr. Trump will move ahead with such a plan.
Trump says the martial law suggestion is “fake news” which he says about literally everything, usually falsely, so it’s almost certainly true.
People wondered why he cleaned house at the Pentagon and installed a bunch of cronies there. Maybe he wanted to keep this option viable. After all, important voices in the GOP are encouraging him to do so — like the chair of the Arizona Republican party:
Arizona GOP chair Kelli Ward calls on Trump to “Cross the Rubicon” pic.twitter.com/juYGS2yD6z
— Christian Vanderbrouk (@UrbanAchievr) December 20, 2020
Kelli Ward says she wants to keep our republic from “crumbing” but she urges Trump to “cross the Rubicon” — which, as a reminder, was Julius Caesar’s point of no return when he decided to end the Roman republic and turn himself into an emperor. (As a further reminder, it did not work out too well for him in the end.) In the end, Caesar crossing the Rubicon was the very thing that “crumbed” the Roman republic, and it crumbed it real good.
I would urge folks to be cautious about lol’ing too hard at the idea that Trump might do something outrageous or dangerous as attempting a military coup. I don’t expect one to happen, but the notion that he might try it is hardly the stuff of resistance psychopaths. Trump cares only whether he benefits from an action, and secondarily whether he thinks he can get away with it. With the head of the Arizona GOP openly urging Trump to declare martial law to reverse the election results, he may increasingly believe he has a chance of pulling it off. Apparently he is at least considering it.
And yes, it’s Maggie Haberman and anonymous sources (which have been wrong on occasion but also right countless times that people conveniently forget about). Do you want to bet the republic that she got this story wrong?
Trump says he spoke to Tommy Tuberville last night. Tuberville had said he’d vote against codifying the electoral college results
— Sam Stein (@samstein) December 20, 2020