Allegedly, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley was worried President Trump might attempt a coup after the 2020 election. He and others had discussions to resign rather than carry it out, two Washington Post reporters say.
“This is a Reichstag moment… According to CNN, the gospel of the Führer,” Milley told aides, which obtained advance excerpts of the book I Alone Can Fix It by Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker.
Miley was concerned about unrest being stoked by Trump in the days before the January 6 riot, and he would invoke the Insurrection act and “call out the military,” according to CNN.
“They may try, but they’re not going to f**king succeed,” 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.”
Reportedly, Milley told top-aides before the “Million MAGA March” in November” he feared it could be the “modern American equivalent of ‘brownshirts in the streets,’” referring to the pro-Nazi militia supporting Hitler’s rise.
Breitbart News contacted Milley’s spokesman for a comment, and no response was given.
An official “close to the general” told CNN that Milley will not address the book in public and did not dispute that Milley “engaged in activities and communications that are not part of the traditional portfolio of a chairman in the final days of Trump’s presidency.”
However, the official did say that Milley is “not going to sit in silence while people try to use the military against Americans,” and that while he “‘tried his hardest to actively stay out of politics,’ if the events that occurred brought him into that arena temporarily, ‘so be it.’”
Milley was not calling Trump a Nazi, the official said. But he had to respond given his concerns over the rhetoric used by Trump and his supporters “could lead to such an environment,” according to CNN.
The book quotes Milley extensively, and he comes off in a “positive light as someone who tried to keep democracy alive.”
According to the book, Milley also warned then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about firing FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, and after January 6, had a daily conference call with then-Secretary of State Pompeo and Meadows to compare notes and “survey the horizon for trouble.” Pompeo, though a person close to him, denied making comments attributed to him in the book and said they were not reflective of his views.
The book also details a private conversation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Milley after Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper after the election. “We are all trusting you,” she reportedly said. “Remember your oath.” After January 6, they allegedly discussed Trump potentially using nuclear weapons during his final days in office.
Milley downgraded far-right groups in advance of Biden’s inauguration, reportedly telling a group of senior leaders: “Here’s the deal, guys: These guys are Nazis, they’re boogaloo boys, they’re Proud Boys. These are the same people we fought in World War II. We’re going to put a ring of steel around this city and the Nazis aren’t getting in.”
Vice President Kamala Harris reportedly thanked Milley: “We all know what you and some others did.”
The book concludes with Milley describing relief there had not been a coup, telling Michelle Obama at the inauguration: “No one has a bigger smile today than I do. … You can’t see it under my mask, but I do.”
After defending teaching critical race theory in the military during a House Armed Services Committee hearing last month, Milley has become the subject of national controversy after supporting teaching critical race theory in the military.
“I want to understand white rage, and I’m white, and I want to understand it,” he said then.