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Top General Feared Trump Would Use The Military To Maintain Power And Compared Him To The Nazis: Book
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Top General Feared Trump Would Use The Military To Maintain Power And Compared Him To The Nazis: Book

According to book excerpts published Wednesday, Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was deeply concerned that then-President Donald Trump would refuse to leave the White House and warned colleagues that he feared Trump would try to use the military to stay in office.

Milley, the nation's top military officer, also compared Trump's actions to Adolf Hitler's rise, saying the president was a "classic authoritarian leader with nothing to lose" after Democratic rival Joe Biden won the 2020 election by more than 7 million votes, according to CNN and The Washington Post.

“This is a Reichstag moment,” Milley told aides in the days leading up to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The excerpts are from the upcoming book “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year,” written by Washington Post reporters Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker, which is set to be released on July 20. It chronicles the former president’s final year in office and includes several revelations about the chaotic final days of his presidency.

According to The Washington Post, which obtained an advance copy of the book, Milley was concerned after the November 2020 election as he listened to Trump spread lies about the results, echoing his public sentiments, which were unsupported by evidence, that widespread voter fraud cost him reelection to a second term.

According to the authors, Milley spoke with national security adviser H.R. McMaster to discuss whether a coup was actually imminent and to express concern about the Trump administration's efforts to install administration-friendly officials throughout the government.

According to CNN, Milley told his deputies, "They may try, but they're not going to f**king succeed." "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."

According to the book, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Milley shortly after the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol, describing Trump as a “maniac” and expressing concern about the president’s access to nuclear codes in his final days in office.

According to the excerpt from the Post, Milley responded, "Ma'am, I guarantee you these processes are very good, and there will be no accidental firing of nuclear weapons."

Milley himself sparked controversy in June 2020 during a widely panned photo-op at a church near the White House shortly after federal law enforcement used tear gas to clear a peaceful crowd of protesters; the general joined Trump outside while wearing his military fatigues, but later apologized and said he shouldn't have been there.

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