Wineke: Trump supporter calls for martial law

Michael Flynn
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The two things we need to remember about the day’s news is that General Michael Flynn was once head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and was later National Security Adviser to President Donald Trump.

We need to remember those two things because this week Flynn has suggested President Trump invoke martial law as a means of overturning the election that elevated Joe Biden to president-elect.

That’s not going to happen, of course. If it did happen, it would spell the end of the United States as a democratic nation and elevate the president to dictator status. I can’t honestly image Trump attempting that or of anyone in the Defense Department going along with it.

What I don’t have to imagine, because it happened, is that a Jack D. Ripper character like Flynn could be appointed to two of the most important security posts in the nation.

Here’s what Flynn told Newsmax – a right-wing media source – Thursday: “He could order the, within the swing states, if he wanted to, he could take military capabilities and he could place those in states and basically rerun the election in each of those states.”

One of the “swing states” Flynn referred to is Wisconsin.

He’s not alone, of course. We already heard about some weird group called the “We the People Convention” has already called for “limited martial law,” as has Virginia gubernatorial candidate Amanda Case.

By “limited” they mean the military could seize voting machines in swing states and force a new election. Trump could “immediately, on his order, seize every single one of these voting machines.”

How did this crackpot ever achieve the rank of general?

You know, the news these days is filled with stories of Russian intelligence breaking into the computers of most of the federal government and stealing our secrets. Those reports are troubling and we really ought to take measures to make Russia pay a price for this kind of warlike act.

But I honestly don’t understand why Russia is going to all that trouble. If I were Vladimir Putin, I’d just step aside and let America destroy itself. Russia’s generals are no match for our Michael Flynn when it comes to wrecking the USA.