Source: Zero Hedge
Update (2300ET): Following today’s outrage over comments made at this weekend’s “For God & Country Patriot Roundup,” Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn denied that he wants a coup in the United States.
“For all the fake news ‘journalists’: Let me be VERY CLEAR — There is NO reason whatsoever for any coup in America, and I do not and have not at any time called for any action of that sort. Any reporting of any other belief by me is a boldface fabrication based on twisted reporting at a lively panel at a conference of Patriotic Americans who love this country, just as I do. I am no stranger to media manipulating my words and therefore let me repeat my response to a question asked at the conference: There is no reason it (a coup) should happen here (in America),” said Flynn in a Monday statement on Parler.
Flynn attorney Sidney Powell backed him, saying that Flynn does not endorse “any act of violence or any military insurrection,” and that his comments had been “grossly distorted,” per CNN.
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Speaking at the Dallas “For God & Country Patriot Roundup,” branded by Business Insider and MarketWatch as a “QAnon conference” (because a quilt with a “Q” on it was auctioned off at the event), Flynn was asked during a Q&A session “I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here?“
To which Flynn – who spent 33 years as an Army intelligence officer – replied: “No reason. I mean, it should happen.“
After it was revealed that the FBI pressured Flynn into pleading guilty amid threat of going after his son, leading the DOJ to drop its case against him (which a judge finally closed eight months later), Flynn has become an icon among former President Trump’s most ardent supporters.
According to the New York Times, “He was one of the most extreme voices in Mr. Trump’s 77-day push to overturn the election,” and suggested using the military to rerun the vote in key battleground states – which then-President Trump could have imposed martial law to enact.
“People out there talk about martial law like it’s something that we’ve never done,” Flynn told Newsmax several months ago, noting that the military had taken over for civilian authorities dozens of times in US history.