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LA Times suggests military coup against President Trump

An op-ed at the liberal L.A. Times suggests a military coup might be necessary if Donald Trump wind in November
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released)

In an op-ed posted Tuesday at the Los Angeles Times, James Kirchick, a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative, suggested that a military coup might actually be necessary if Donald Trump wins November’s election.

He used the recent failed coup in Turkey as inspiration:

Americans viewing the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey as some exotic foreign news story — the latest, violent yet hardly unusual political development to occur in a region constantly beset by turmoil — should pause to consider that the prospect of similar instability would not be unfathomable in this country if Donald Trump were to win the presidency.

Calling Trump the “most brazenly authoritarian figure” to seek a major party’s nomination, he said the nominee “repeatedly bragged about ordering soldiers to commit war crimes, and has dismissed the possibility that he would face any resistance.”

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He added:

…Blimpish swagger might fly within the patriarchal confines of a family business, a criminal operation (the distinction is sometimes blurred) or a dictatorship. It does not, however, work in a liberal democracy, legally grounded by a written constitution, each branch restrained by separation of powers.

Try to imagine, then, a situation in which Trump commanded our military to do something stupid, illegal or irrational. Something so dangerous that it put the lives of Americans and the security of the country at stake. (Trump’s former rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Marco Rubio, said the United States could not trust “the nuclear codes” to an “erratic individual.”) Faced with opposition from his military brass, Trump would perhaps reconsider and back down. But what if he didn’t?

He then said the military “would be forced to choose between obeying the law and serving the wishes of someone who has explicitly expressed his utter lack of respect for it.”

“They might well choose the former,” he wrote.

After suggesting that such a scenario would be “unfathomable” under Hillary Clinton, he then suggested that a violent coup would be necessary to stop a President Trump (Emphasis added):

Trump is not only patently unfit to be president, but a danger to America and the world. Voters must stop him before the military has to.

Excuse me?  Are liberals now comfortable with calling for armed insurrection — treason, even — if their candidate doesn’t win?

It’s one thing for a radical activist to speak of armed insurrection, but it’s something else again for a major news outlet to do so, even if it’s in the opinion section of the paper.

Just think, we have about another four months of this nonsense…

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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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