Michael Flynn has echoed comments he made at a QAnon conference this weekend, where he said a military coup similar to the one in Myanmar “should happen” in the United States earlier this year.
The retired general, who briefly served as a national security adviser under President Donald Trump, made the comments in response to a question from an audience member at a conference hosted by supporters of the QAnon conspiracy in Dallas, Texas.
The man said he was a ‘simple marine’ and asked ‘why can’t what happened in Myanmar not happen here?’
“There’s no reason,” Flynn responded as the crowd cheered. “I mean, it should happen – that’s right.”
The reaction to the exchange was outraged, with some calling for his court martial.
On Monday, Flynn published a frenetic backtrack in a post on messaging app Telegram.
He wrote: ‘Let me be VERY CLEAR – there is NO reason whatsoever for a coup in America, and I have not and have at no time called for any action of that sort.
He said his comments were misunderstood, adding: “I am no stranger to the manipulation of my words by the media and so I would like to reiterate my answer to a question posed at the conference: there is no reason it should be.” (a coup) here (in America).’
Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the former national adviser to President Donald Trump, backtracked on comments he made over the weekend supporting the idea of a military coup similar to Myanmar’s in the US
Flynn made the comments at a conference hosted by supporters of the QAnon conspiracy in Dallas, Texas,
On Monday, Army Colonel Yevgeny “Eugene” Vindman tweeted: “With these inflammatory remarks, Comrade Flynn may have crossed the line for recall to active duty and for court martial. As a JAG I am qualified and I would like to prosecute this case as well.’
Vindman is the twin brother of Alexander Vindman, who was a key witness in Trump’s impeachment over comments he made to the Ukrainian president.
Both served on the National Security Council before being fired shortly after the trial.
Steve Vladeck, a professor of federal law at the University of Texas, also wrote on Twitter that even retired Flynn was subject to the Army’s Uniform Code of Military Justice.
“The constitutionality of jurisdiction over retirees for post-retirement crimes is something we are currently challenging in the Armed Forces Court of Appeals and the DC Circuit,” he tweeted.
Army Colonel Yevgeny “Eugene” Vindman said Flynn’s comments could lead to a court martial. He is the twin brother of Alexander Vindman, who served as a key witness in Trump’s impeachment trial in Ukraine
Federal Law Professor Steve Vladeck said Flynn was subject to the Army’s Code of Military Justice, even in retirement
Myanmar’s military-led coup overthrew the country’s democratically elected government.
Military chief Min Aung Hlaing was installed as the country’s leader and the junta killed hundreds of civilians.
Others also took to social media to debunk Flynn’s comments.
A number of Twitter users heard the comments and demanded that he be court-martialled
Hello SecDef! Can we be court-martialled? Call him back into service, then dishonorably discharge him. My tax money shouldn’t be paying for his benefits,” one wrote.
‘Wow. It doesn’t get much more characteristic than this,” added another.
Why isn’t Michael Flynn behind bars for instigating a treacherous uprising against the United States? Treacherous words don’t fall under Trump’s grace, ‘asked Muriel Burrows.
“Immediately recall General Michael Flynn to active duty for court-martial purposes. This must be done as soon as possible. Jeannette Stone tweeted.
“ I think now is a good time to recall retired officer Michael Flynn to active duty, court-martial and to strip him of his rank and benefits for conspiring and committing incendiary acts against the United States, ” said one. other.
Michael Flynn is clearly an enemy of the US. Let’s honor our veterans this Memorial Day by arresting this non-US traitor. ‘
‘Minimar? sounds like a guest has spent too much time in the minibar, ‘joked one Twitter user, noting Flynn’s mispronunciation.
We now return you to the already underway Republican coup d’état. . . THIS is why the GOP wants to block any investigation into the January 6 attack on the capital: because it starts and ends with them, “said Detective Lascelle.
More than 700 civilians have been killed by military and police in Mayanmaran since April since the coup
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm US Capitol in Washington DC
“Flynn will hopefully be prosecuted under 18 US Code § 2385. Amazing if someone with the rank of general in the US military who was also a national security adviser could get away with calling for a Myanmar-style coup d’état,” wrote another user.
“FBI, please arrest this man. He’s asking Americans to turn against their government! ”Demanded another Twitter follower.
In the past, QAnon supporters have expressed support for a coup that would put Trump back in the White House.
An interview broadcast on CNN showed Trump supporters advocating a military coup to take over and rerun the election, remove puppet president Joe Biden and hold a new inauguration for Trump.
President Trump pardoned Flynn last Thanksgiving. Flynn’s conviction for lying to the FBI during the investigation into Russia was wiped out after the presidential pardon.
In 2017, Trump fired Flynn after just weeks on the job after it was revealed he had not disclosed his contacts with the former Russian ambassador to the US to Vice President Mike Pence.
President Trump pardoned Flynn last Thanksgiving. Flynn’s conviction for lying to the FBI during the investigation into Russia was wiped out after the presidential pardon. Pictured in 2016