Milley vowed to fight from inside as Trump raged at his generals to be loyal like Hitler’s: book excerpt

Great strides have been taken to paint former President Donald Trump as the head of an attempted coup to overthrow and take control of the government he was already leader of at the time. As such, anyone who stood in his way has been celebrated for their patriotism, but the latest such example pertaining to Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley who vowed to “fight” Trump “from the inside” may show how completely partisanship has clouded the perception of corporate media.

Ahead of the release of “The Divider: Trump in the White House,” authored by the New York Times’s Peter Baker and The New Yorker’s own Susan Glasser, the New Yorker published an excerpt of the work. The piece is titled “Inside the War Between Trump and His Generals,” and focused on what described in the subheading as, “How Mark Milley and others in the Pentagon handled the national-security threat posed by their own Commander-in-Chief.”

The excerpt paid particular attention to the final year of Trump’s presidency and marked a pivotal turning point for Milley as having taken place after violent protesters had been cleared from Lafayette Square outside the White House, which many argued had been done to allow the president to walk over to St. John’s Episcopal Church, which had been set on fire by activists, for a photo op.

“F*ck that sh*t. I’ll just fight him,” the authors claimed Milley told his staff after struggling with a decision to resign over the perception of the military after he had accompanied Trump on the short walk to the church. “If they want to court-martial me, or put me in prison, have at it. But I will fight from the inside.”

A supposed draft of that resignation is included in its entirety where Milley stated, “It is my belief that you were doing great and irreparable harm to my country. I believe that you have made a concerted effort over time to politicize the United States military.”

The painting of Trump as an authoritarian included an alleged exchange where the president railed against the military command to former White House chief of staff John Kelly asking the retired U.S. Marine Corps general, “You f*cking generals, why can’t you be like the German generals?”

“Which generals?” Kelly reportedly asked.

“The German generals in World War II,” the authors claim Trump responded before Kelly offered, “You do know that they tried to kill Hitler three times and almost pulled it off?” to which the president was said to contend, “No, no, no, they were totally loyal to him.”

In reality, though by no means suggesting an assassination attempt was made against Trump by the military, the book does report to contend that Milley had laid forth a plan to thwart any efforts by the commander-in-chief even before the highly controversial 2020 presidential election.

As the authors described it, Milley “settled on four goals: First, make sure Trump did not start an unnecessary war overseas. Second, make sure the military was not used in the streets against the American people for the purpose of keeping Trump in power. Third, maintain the military’s integrity. And, fourth, maintain his own integrity. In the months to come, Milley would refer back to the plan more times than he could count.”

The Joint Chiefs of Staff had admitted before Congress that before and after the election he had called his Chinese counterpart to assure Gen. Li Zuocheng that he would alert the CCP of any military action from the U.S. against the communist regime so they would not be taken by surprise.

However, that was not the only controversial decision that Milley made that presented the general in a position of seemingly usurping the authority of the president. In fact, prior to the certification of the 2020 presidential election, he reportedly summoned Kash Patel, chief of staff to acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, and acting Under-Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ezra Cohen after the previous SecDef Mark Esper had been fired.

The authors wrote, “Milley summoned Patel and Cohen separately to his office to deliver stern lectures. Whatever machinations they were up to, he told each of them, ‘[L]ife looks really shitty from behind bars. And, whether you want to realize it or not, there’s going to be a President at exactly 1200 hours on the twentieth and his name is Joe Biden. And, if you guys do anything that’s illegal, I don’t mind having you in prison.”


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