Disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has repeatedly called on outgoing President Donald Trump to declare martial law and use the military to stay in power. On Friday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) crushed his fantasy.
Ever since Trump lost the election to President-Elect Joe Biden by an irrefutable margin, Flynn has been encouraging Trump, who pardoned Flynn last month, to use the military to overturn the results and stay in power.
“There is no way in the world we are going to be able to move forward as a nation,” Flynn said. “He could immediately, on his order, seize every single one of these [voting machines], on his order…within the swing states, if he wanted to, he could take military capabilities, and he could place those in states and basically rerun an election in each of those states. These people are out there talking about martial law like it’s something that we’ve never done. Martial law has been instituted 64 times.”
While martial law has been declared many times in our country, it’s been mostly on the local or regional level in times of natural disaster, war, and civil unrest. It has rarely been invoked by the President, especially on a nationwide scale, and has never been used to overturn an election. That would be completely unprecedented.
Furthermore, military leaders have already indicated that they would disobey such illegal orders from Trump, because they would be violating their oath to the Constitution if they helped Trump set up a dictatorship by overthrowing democracy.
Kinzinger, who served in the National Guard, shot down Flynn’s seditious plea to Trump and called upon Republicans to stand against such talk.
No. The military will not be “deployed” to re-run an election. It’s time for this to be shut down, and now. Gen. Flynn has lost his moral authority to be taken seriously, and the GOP needs to stand up to it. #RestoreOurGOP
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) December 18, 2020
If only there were more Republicans like Kinzinger who cared more about democracy and country than their desire to stay in power and stroking Trump’s ego. Instead, 126 of them demonstrated why they should not be seated when the new Congress convenes next month.
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