Republicans Are Pretending Michael Flynn Didn't Call For A Coup Against The U.S. Government
As we saw Saturday, Michael Flynn, a crackpot, a criminal, a lobbyist and Trump's former National Security Advisor, was one of the keynote speakers at the QAnon convention in Dallas over the weekend. On Saturday, one of the lunatics at the convention asked him "why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here?"
Now, when I was in Myanmar a few years ago, I went to visit Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. We also visited Yangon's synagogue. The ticket-taker at Shwedagon insisted I take off my shoes and socks, not to go inside the pagoda but to just walk around it. I protested, not liking to go barefoot where other people walk. He insisted. I negotiated with him and we settled on a compromise-- I would remove both shoes and one sock and keep one sock on. Here's the proof:
But that isn't the incident Flynn was questioned about. When the right wing nut asked him "why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here?" he was referring to the violent military coup that began in February. So far over 3,000 people have been arrested, including the president and Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of government-- along with her entire cabinet. The military has killed 707 civilians and murdered 3 activists from the ruling party who were in their custody. The QAnon audience loudly applauded and cheered the question. Flynn's response when the cheering quieted down was simple: "No reason. I mean, it should happen here."
No comment from Señor Trumpanzee, who pardoned Flynn after he plead guilty to a felony count of willfully and knowingly lying to the FBI investigators about his contacts with Moscow's North American spy-master Sergey Kislyak. His attorney was another crackpot, who has since become better known, Sidney Powell. Trump had Barr drop the charges but the judge refused. That's why Trump was forced tp pardon him. Flynn then joined QAnon.
His remarks are certainly sedition and he could face a military court martial for making them, since he is still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice as a retired officer. Here's the clip:
Last night, fearing the consequences, Flynn tried walking back his comments, lying that the media misreported his words. Fact of the matter is, the media just reported his exact words and in full context, using a video from MAGA info-TV. Watch the video and then read Flynn's slimy lies on right-wing social media (Telegram):
Now, please keep in mind that Trump isn't the only Republican who hasn't commented on Flynn's sedition. Not a peep out of McConnell or McCarthy or any of the other Republicans always running to get in front of a microphone. Liz Cheney sent this tweet out this afternoon.
But nothing from the usual loudmouths like Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Mad Cawthorn (R-NC), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL) or Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who was at the event himself as a special guest. I asked Alan Grayson, who hopes to run against Rubio next year if he had any thoughts about Flynn publicly promoting a coup against the U.S. government. We discussed his idea of cutting off Flynn's pension but what he said that struck me is that "Flynn is saying what Trump is thinking. If Trump could have gotten away with a coup, he would have."
UPDATE FROM A VETERAN:
Yesterday, no doubt referring to Flynn and Trump, Michigan Congressman Peter Meijer wrote: "And then there are those who take this sacrifice for granted, waxing patriotic while salivating for civil war. Claiming they need to destroy the Republic in order to save it in the ultimate betrayal of oaths sworn. Those treacherous snakes can go straight to hell."