Something terrifying is taking place at the Defense Department, and it may well have everything to do with Donald Trump trying to stage a military coup so he can remain in power long beyond when he’s supposed to vacate the White House.
Over the past few days, Trump has begun purging top officials at the Department of Defense, as the Washington Post has reported:
“The Trump administration launched a dramatic shake-up at the senior levels of the Pentagon on Tuesday, installing three White House loyalists in influential roles and intensifying turmoil a day after President Trump abruptly fired his defense secretary.
“The changes, confirmed by the Pentagon in a statement Tuesday evening, have alarmed Democrats and some Republicans and promised to complicate a transition to a Biden administration.”
And now a former top Army General, Barry McCaffrey, is warning that he thinks Trump is working to use the military to keep him in the White House, telling MSNBC host Ari Melber:
“I remind our viewers, the only one who can give orders to the armed forces is the president and the secretary of defense. This acting secretary Chris Miller is a perfectly good, experienced combat soldier. He is unqualified for this office. The other three, one of them, a retired one-star, is a dangerous man. That team moving in, no one in his right mind would have accepted an appointment for 90 days. These people are in there to control a coercive institution of U.S. democracy. Watch out.”
That led Melber to ask:
“What specifically are you warning against, general? Do you feel based on your knowledge of these individuals and the situation that you have a credible reason or evidence to think that there could be an effort to enlist the military in something unlawful?”
“The federal government tools could be used in an oppressive manner, start with the attorney general of the United States, the Department of Homeland Security, and federal law enforcement agencies, who — unless they get an order that is patently illegal — will carry out their instructions. So the end of the story is, you know, I don’t believe in any way this should be minimized or this is just a tantrum of a president trying to accommodate himself to the outcome of the elections. This is some crazy thinking going on inside that White House.”
The retired general was far from finished, adding that he’s very worried about the changes Trump is making at the DOD:
“If I was a CIA officer trying to understand what was going on in a third-world country and I saw this pattern of behavior, I would say the stronghand’s trying to take over the government and defy an election — and I think they’re playing with that idea inside the White House. I think that’s the thinking that’s going on in the White House right now and we ought to be worried about it. And the Republicans in Congress ought to speak up and push back.”
At the moment, it’s not a stretch to call Donald Trump the single-biggest threat to the national security of the United States.