Retired four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey
slammed retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
on Monday for calling for a Myanmar-style coup in the United States
during a QAnon
conference last weekend.
“This is dangerous. It puts the country at risk,” McCaffrey said on MSNBC
, adding, “I have never heard anything like this, probably in the last hundred years. This kind of, just completely irresponsible, provocative language.”
(See the video above for the interview
McCaffrey predicted that the Department of Justice
would be “difficult to avoid considering whether this language is criminal in nature
Flynn, Donald Trump
's former national security
adviser, made the remarks during a question-and-answer session at the "For God & Country Patriot Roundup" conference in Texas
, where he was the keynote speaker.
“I wanna know why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here?” inquired an unidentified member of the audience, who described himself as a “simple Marine.” (He pronounced Myanmar’s name as “Minnimar.”)
“There’s no reason,” Flynn said, to wild applause, “but it should happen.”
The Myanmar coup is particularly popular with the QAnon crowd because the military
justified its violent takeover of the civilian government in late January with unproven claims of “election
fraud.” Far-right message boards applauded the violent takeover, and many say the same thing should happen in the United States to restore Trump to the presidency.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, the Myanmar military had killed over 700 protesters by April
, with the actual number likely being much higher.
Army Col. Yevgeny Vindman, who was fired from the National Security Council by the Trump administration
after his twin, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, testified in the Ukraine impeachment
hearings, called Flynn's coup remarks seditious and tweeted that Flynn should be called back to active duty so that he can be court-martialed.
Rep. Liz Cheney
(R-Wyo.) responded to Flynn's comments on Twitter
No American should advocate or support the violent overthrow of the US. https://t.co/dpa20pLG4n
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 31, 2021
Last year, Flynn retweeted a call for Trump to keep the White House
by force, and he reportedly advised Trump to use the Insurrection
Act to declare martial law in order to keep power.
A message posted Sunday on a Telegram account that appears to be linked to Flynn (he is barred from Twitter) insisted that his incendiary remarks had been manipulated by the media
and that his support for a coup was a "boldface fabrication:
Right-wing conspiracy theorist attorney Sydney Powell, who is currently being sued for $1.3 billion for lying about Dominion voting
machines, insisted Monday that Flynn's remarks had been "grossly distorted."
Flynn resigned as Trump's national security adviser after only 22 days because of reports that he lied to the FBI
about his secret dealings with Russian ambassador to the United States and suspected spy Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition. He pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his secret dealings with Russian ambassador to the United States and suspected spy Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition, then fought to have his plea withdrawn.
After losing the election, Trump pardoned Flynn in November, allowing him to keep his military title and receive a full pension.