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.