NEW YORK (Dagbladet): In the final weeks before Trump left the White House on January 20 of this year, the United States’ top military commander, General Mark Milley, feared what the outgoing president might bring.
In conversations with people around him, he compared Trump’s rhetoric to that of Adolf Hitler when the German dictator came to power in the 1930s, according to a new book written by two Washington Post journalists.
“Only I Can Fix It: The Disastrous Final Year of Donald J. Trump” is the title of the upcoming book by Carol Leonig and Philip Rucker.
He refers to the fire that broke out in the German Parliament in 1933, which paved the way for Adolf Hitler as dictator of Nazi Germany.
Since the election defeat, Trump has aggressively tried to claim without documentation that the election was stolen from him.
According to the book, Milley was so distraught and fearful that then-President Donald Trump and his allies would attempt a coup, that they unofficially planned how to stop Trump’s illegal actions, according to CNN.
It would be the first time in the modern era that military leaders in the United States planned how to prevent the military from being used in a way they deemed illegal, writes the Washington Post.
Milley talked about the danger of coups with friends, politicians, and military colleagues.
Classic authoritarian leader
They may try, but they will not succeed. You can’t do this without the army. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. According to the book, We the People with the Gun, Miley told a subordinate about a possible coup attempt.
In the days leading up to the deadly attack on Congress on January 6, Millie was concerned about Trump’s attempts to get people to do something.
Milley told his staff that he believed Trump was trying to foment unrest, perhaps in the hope that he could declare an emergency and send in the military, the authors wrote.
According to the book, Millie saw Trump as “a classic autocratic leader who has nothing to lose.”
In the weeks after the election, the senior general also tried to reassure deeply anxious elected representatives in Congress.
– Everything will be fine. We will have a peaceful transition of power. We will land this plane safely. This is America. he is strong. According to the book, institutions are under pressure, but they will not collapse.
Fear of nuclear war
In the wake of the January 6 attack on Congress, Democratic Chairwoman Nancy Pelosi called Milley to ensure that Trump would not be able to start a nuclear war.
– it’s dangerous. Pelosi told Millie he was crazy, according to the book.
Millie replied: I guarantee we have fuses in the system.
In the days leading up to Joe Biden’s inauguration as President of the United States, on January 20, Milley worked hard with the military and police to ensure that there was no new attack on Congress.
During Biden’s ceremony, he sat behind former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. They asked how it was.
Nobody has a bigger smile than me today. Millie replied, according to the book, you can’t see it under the face mask, but I have it.