No, I don’t care for Donald Trump but I am not going to lie. I find all things Qanon to be fascinating. I think Michael Flynn’s recent statements strange but strangely, like a car wreck on the road, I cannot look away.
Before Flynn fell in with Qanon and Trumpworld, he had a long and respectable career. He served in the military for years — and gets a pension of more than $100,000 every year. He served as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) under President Obama. During that time he also served as the commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and chair of the Military Intelligence Board. After two years as the DNI, his behavior had become erratic and in 2014, his term was not extended.
Maybe that pushed him over the edge. By 2016, Flynn was all-in for Trump. He spouted conspiracy theories and would go on to embrace Qanon. He led rallies with chants of, “Lock her up!” Last weekend at a Qanon rally, “For God & Country Patriot Roundup,” he was asked:
“I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here,” Qanon supporter.
“No reason. I mean, it should happen here. No reason,” Flynn responded.
So, the man who served the nation for decades wants the military to take control of the government as it has in Myanmar. Never mind that about 850 protesters have been killed since the coup on February 1, 2021. Never mind that the internet has been practically shut off or that the country is a mess, yeah, let’s have that happen here. What am I missing? How is advocating the violent overthrow of a democratically elected government “patriotic?” WTF is happening?
Meanwhile. back at the ranch, Trump keeps talking about his “reinstatement as president”
Not only does Trump keep talking about the “Big Lie,” that he actually won in November 2020 (a shockingly large number of Republicans believe this nonsense) but he is also pushing the idea that he is still president and will move back to the White House in August.
Business Insider puts it this way:
The anti-democratic conspiracy theory [that Trump will be “reinstated” as president] has been bubbling up in fringe conservative media for several months. It has no basis under the Constitution or any legitimate legal framework. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been a prominent proponent of the theory. The former Trump attorney Sidney Powell also floated the idea at a QAnon conference over the weekend.
The anticipation of a Trump reinstatement on a certain date could spread further among the most dedicated Trump supporters. The calls to help overturn the 2020 election on January 6, for example, gained steam through a pro-Trump bus tour by a fringe group and led to the insurrection at the Capitol. Lindell has said August is when he would go to the Supreme Court to present evidence he’s acquired that would be so convincing that the justices would be forced to reject the 2020 election result. A podcast from the former Trump adviser Steve Bannon has amplified the conspiracy theory, as Lindell and others have gone on the show to promote it with minimal pushback. The podcast is influential among GOP lawmakers hoping to avoid a primary challenge while seeking reelection. Trump’s lawyers and other Republicans filed dozens of lawsuits related to the election; all failed.
We already saw one coup attempt in January, should we expect another in August? The GOPers in the Senate blocked the formation of a commission to look into what happened on January 6 so we may not find out how to stop this in time to prevent another attack on the Capitol.
If you aren’t worried about the GOP efforts to limit the voting rights of people they don’t like or its work to make it easier to overturn elections, you may not see this as a real threat. I wrote about this a few years ago. It is and I don’t get it.