Trump Attacks Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, While Denying Coup Attempt

On Thursday, former President Donald Trump renewed his attack on Gen. Mark Milley, this time on new reports that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff attempted to prevent Trump from carrying out a government takeover akin to Nazi Germany in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

Trump refuted in a more than 400-word statement given from his post-presidential office that he had ever “threatened, or spoke about, to anyone, a coup of our Government,” to anyone, labeling the notion “So ridiculous!”

“Sorry to inform you, but an Election is my form of ‘coup,'” Trump said, “and if I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley.”

The former president made the statement in response to portions from a forthcoming book published this week by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker in which Milley compared Trump’s misleading assertions about the 2020 election to “the gospel of the Führer.”

According to Leonnig and Rucker’s reporting, Milley referred to Trump’s ongoing efforts to overturn the election results as “a Reichstag moment” – a reference to Adolf Hitler’s 1933 attack on Germany’s parliament building as a pretext for establishing a Nazi dictatorship.

Milley was also disturbed by Trump’s attempt to overturn the election, the book alleges, and he and other military leaders began informal preparations on how they would prevent the then-president from deploying America’s armed forces in a way that would aid him in retaining power.

Trump lashed out at Milley on Thursday in response to the new claims, saying that he appointed the four-star Army General as Joint Chiefs chair in 2018 “only because the world’s most overrated general, James Mattis, could not stand him, had no respect for him, and would not recommend him.”

“To me,” Trump said, “the fact that Mattis didn’t like him, just like Obama didn’t like him and actually fired Milley, was a good thing, not a bad thing. I often act counter to people’s advice who I don’t respect.”

Trump is inaccurate in asserting that former President Barack Obama fired Milley. Mattis was removed as head of US Central Command by Obama in 2013, mainly due to Mattis’ increasingly hardline stance toward Iran.