Recently pardoned criminal and Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, echoed calls for Donald Trump to declare martial law and hold a new election this week, by retweeting the absurd credo of an Ohio-based Neo-conservative group.
The fringe political group “We The People Convention” took out a full-page ad in the Washington Times on Tuesday, urging Trump to “immediately declare a limited form of Martial Law, and temporarily suspend the Constitution and civilian control of these federal elections, for the sole purpose of having the military oversee a re-vote.”
Flynn, a prolific Twitter user whose feed is mostly filled with the MAGAverse’s most caustic, conspiracy-laden bile, quickly came under fire from all parts of the political spectrum. Speaking to CNN’s John Berman on Thursday, Former Republican Congressman Charlie Dent said that to suggest martial law “is simply insane.”
“The president and his allies are taking a wrecking ball to democratic institutions and values, and none more sacred than the electoral process itself,” Dent added.
Recall that last month Trump pardoned Flynn, who had previously pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak early in the Trump administration. The guilty plea and criminal record associated with that became forgiven, but not expunged, with Flynn’s very expected and day-before-Thanksgiving pardon.
New in-depth reporting out this week by NBC’s Carol Lee (Michael Flynn’s Firing: A lie, a leak, and then a liability) chronicles Flynn’s short drama-filled tenure as Trump’s first National Security Advisor. Lee reports that Trump, for a variety of reasons, actually wanted to fire Flynn before his 2016 inauguration, long before press reports surfaced of Flynn’s lying about his Russian contacts. However, once Flynn began to resist cooperation with Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian collusion and refused to say why he lied about discussing sanctions etc. with Kislyak (a known Russian agent), Trump saw the usefulness of allying with Flynn as a way to undermine the Mueller investigation.
The 62-year-old Flynn has been into all kinds of crazy, having tweeted in 2016 that “fear of Muslims is RATIONAL.” He’s also a supporter of QAnon, a far-right conspiracy movement that spreads false theories online about Democratic Party leaders, i.e. the “Deep State,” said to engage in all things nefarious from pedophilia to mind control. Oh, and Trump is humanity’s savior in that cult, because he’s leading a covert war against those naughty elites. Lock them up.
Flynn of course isn’t the only retired military drunk on MAGA Kool-aid, promoting absurdities like martial law and rigged elections. NPR national security correspondent Greg Myre came out with a piece today mentioning two others who can join Flynn in the Hall of Shame.
First is Retired Air Force Lt. Gen Thomas McInerney, 83, who continues to peddle an outlandish conspiracy theory about CIA computers in Germany that supposedly flipped ballots from Trump to Biden. The bogus tale, which has been repeatedly debunked, even involves U.S. special operations forces being killed in Germany in a mission to take over the non-existent computer facility.
And then there is Retired Air Force Pilot Scott O’Grady, who was shot down in Bosnia in 1995, was welcomed back to the U.S. as a hero, and then turned Trump sycophant in recent years. O’Grady, 55, has promoted numerous conspiracy theories of the 2020 election being rigged for Biden, including a retweet of the baseless claim that Hillary Clinton and George Soros somehow helped facilitate foreign interference to steal the election away from Trump.
The day Mike Flynn was pardoned O’Grady reposted a tweet suggesting it was time for Trump to invoke martial law. “I don’t know who needs to hear this,” the post read, “But calling for martial law is not a bad idea when there is an attempted coup against the president and this country happening right now.”
You might wonder what someone with that impressive CV might do in his post retirement years. And if you said to yourself — How about government service in the waning days of the failed Trump administration? — you would be correct.
Trump recently nominated O’Grady to be assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs at the Pentagon. This position is not insignificant — it oversees military relations with NATO members and other countries throughout the Middle East and Africa.
It is not clear if O’Grady will actually be confirmed by the Senate in this lame duck session of Congress. But if he is, his tenure will be exceedingly short, for he would most certainly be sacked as soon as Biden and his team take office next month. Or in other words, when the adults are back in charge.