N.E. Brigand wrote: ↑Fri Jul 16, 2021 2:49 am
N.E. Brigand wrote: ↑Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:48 am
Comparing present figures to historical Nazis is generally frowned upon as unnecessary hyperbole that undermines discussion.
So let me emphasize that I'm not comparing Donald Trump to Adolph Hitler.
No it was General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who did that.
Milley was appointed to that position by Trump -- against the recommendation of Trump's Secretary of Defense, I might add
-- and he continues in that role during the Biden administration. (The Chairs normally serve for four years and thus frequently serve under two Presidents.)
Following the election last year, as President Trump riled up his supporters and claimed that he hadn't actually lost, Milley told his staff that "this is a Reichstag moment . . . the gospel of the Führer," and that he worried that the result "could be the modern American equivalent of brownshirts in the streets."
That's according to a new book
, I Alone Can Fix It
, by Carol Leonnig and Phillip Rucker. (The authors also interviewed Trump himself for the book.)
The nation's top military official thought were on the verge of a coup. And he told his team that they needed to be ready to stop that from happening.
I think that the news about Milley is probably more important than the Guardian's
Russia story (unless the part about the kompromat
proves to be true). And here's some more notable information about the last days of the Trump administration from Leonnig and Rucker's book, although I will note that it seems to be sourced to people close to Mike Pence and thus may have been provided to the authors with the aim of improving Pence's reputation among centrists:
During the insurrection, the reason he wasn't driven to a safe location, as Pence's security team urged, and instead remained (underground) in the Capitol, is that Pence and his aides feared that Trump would then order the Secret Service to take Pence out of Washington, which would prevent Pence from overseeing the certification Joe Biden's victory.
During a two-hour speech tonight in Arizona, former president Donald Trump specifically mentioned the point I noted above, saying:
"The only reason I appointed Mark Milley in the first place is because two of the world's most overrated generals, James Mattis and John Kelly, could not stand him, had no respect for him, and would not recommend him under any circumstances. They even tried to send him to Europe so he wouldn't get the job. So when they didn't like him, I said: let's give this guy a shot."
What kind of person would select the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on that basis?
(Mattis and Kelly also were both Trump appointees, of course.)
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At least Trump did encourage Americans to get vaccinated in his speech tonight, sort of, when he said, "I recommend you take it, but I also believe in your freedoms." (He also said, "I came up with the vaccine.") But a lot of it was the usual deluded rantings. He got the crowd to boo Arizona's governor Doug Ducey, the Senate minority leader MItch McConnell, and former vice president Mike Pence, and the U.S. women's soccer team.