Shortly before the deadly attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley told his staff that the United States was facing a “Reichstag moment” because Donald Trump preached “the gospel of the Führer”. according to a highly anticipated book on Trump’s last year in office.
The clips from I Alone Can Fix This, by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, were reported by New York magazine on Wednesday. The authors’ employer, The Washington Post, published the first excerpt from the book a day earlier. It will be released next week.
Milley’s invocation of Germany under the Third Reich follows a report in another book, Frankly, We Did Win This Election, by Michael C Bender, that Trump told his chief of staff, John Kelly, “Hitler did a lot of good things.”
Trump denies making the remark.
Leonnig and Rucker report that Milley spoke to an “old friend,” who warned the general that Trump and his allies were trying to “overthrow the government” in response to Joe Biden’s election victory, which Trump said was the result electoral fraud.
Milley reportedly said, “They can try, but they’re not going to be successful. You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do it without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with the guns.
Apparently calling Trump supporters “Brown Shirts,” a reference to the paramilitaries who served Hitler in Germany in the 1930s, Milley would have believed long before the attack on Capitol Hill that “Trump was fueling the unrest, perhaps in hope. an excuse to invoke the insurgency law. and call the military ”.
Milley notoriously appeared with Trump in Lafayette Square in Washington in June 2020, after anti-racist protesters were aggressively eliminated and as Trump walked to a church to hold a photo op with a Bible.
The general apologized for this incident. It was widely reported that he had resisted Trump’s efforts to then invoke the insurgency law and quell the protests.
Milley’s ‘moment of the Reichstag’ remark refers to a fire in the German parliament that the Nazis used to consolidate their authoritarian rule in 1933.
Trump supporters attacked Congress on January 6, the day the electoral college results were certified. Five people died.
Leonnig and Rucker report that Milley called the attackers “Nazis” and, in reference to two far-right groups, said “they are boogaloo boys, they are Proud Boys”.
“These are the same people we fought against [the second world war], he would have declared.
According to New York magazine, the authors also report that Milley, who made headlines and angered the right-wing last month by defending teaching about historic racism in military schools, met former first lady Michelle Obama on Capitol Hill on Jan.20, the day Biden was inaugurated.
“No one has a bigger smile today than I do,” Milley reportedly said. “You can’t see it under my mask, but I do. “