This doesn’t mean much, other than to make it clear that people behind the scenes are discussing using the military.
The military will not become involved in a disputed general election or in making any decision around removing President Trump, according to an off-the-record between press and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley.
Axios reported that sources familiar with the call said Milley held the unorthodox meeting in order to calm the storm of speculation stirring around the military’s potential involvement in the contentious 2020 presidential election.
The chairman made it clear that the military’s function is apolitical and to “dispel any notion of a role for the military in adjudicating a disputed election or making any decision around removing a president from the White House,” Axios reported.
Milley reportedly assured the anchors that the United States military would not play a part in the peaceful transfer of power, adding that they shouldn’t be concerned if National Guard servicemembers are present at polling stations or other locations on Election Day.
Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command Paul Nakasone and National Guard chief Daniel Hokanson, two other four-star generals, were both present on the call.
As of Wednesday morning, the more than 3,000 activated National Guard members are working on states’ orders under the control of their respective governors. They are not federalized or serving at the behest of President Trump.
Georgia National Guard armored vehicles have been spotted on Memorial Drive. Meanwhile, two GSP armored vehicles departed the Georgia Department of Public Safety HQ on United Avenue as four more Georgia National Guard armored vehicles arrived. Photos courtesy of Kimberly Krautter pic.twitter.com/thQZWrDvKc
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Democrat candidate for president Joe Biden contributed to the rumors during a recent interview with the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah. Biden said his “single greatest concern” was that President Trump would attempt to steal the election, adding that he was “absolutely convinced” the military would escort Trump from the White House if he refused to leave office.
Co-chairman of Biden’s campaign Cedric Richmond, a Democrat Representative from Louisiana, echoed the candidate’s comments regarding military intervention in the peaceful transfer of power, CNN reported.
Technically, as of right now, Donald J. Trump is still the commander and chief of the US armed forces.
However, it is unlikely that if he ordered the military to seize control of the country that the generals would go along with it. He would have to appeal to a lower rank, or a specific general that he has set up for this purpose.
That said, there is zero chance that the military will be siding against Trump. The issue there is that the Biden coup team wouldn’t need the military – they could use the intelligence services, which are 100% loyal to the Democrat Party.
The first step is clearly going to be to get people out in the streets. Then it will be time to send in the military. But we will need a large display of support for the president before that.
Frankly, it isn’t possible that Trump doesn’t have some kind of plan for this eventuality. He spent nearly a year tweeting about the fact that they were planning this. So he must have thought it through and have a clear agenda for how to act. I don’t see a solution that doesn’t involve the military.