Ever since embracing the use of a military coup to overthrow President Trump, far-left comedian Sarah Silverman is predictably walking back her outrageous proposal:
FEAR can motivate even peacenik snowflakes 2 incite violence & last night I felt it hard. Trying 2 keep in check bc damnit I love u America
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 3, 2017
President Donald J. Trump has been in office for approximately 2 weeks, but that hasn’t stopped the left from trying to sabotage his presidency in every way possible. From falsely claiming his Executive Orders are unconstitutional to insisting his victory was illegitimate due to outside interference from Russia, the left is in full-out panic mode over President Trump’s victory.
Now, it’s gone to the fullest extreme. A former Obama Pentagon official, writing in one of America’s most prestigious establishment outlets, has just suggested the most ridiculous way to stop Trump: a military coup. Yes, you read that right, a military coup.
The author of the piece entitled “3 Ways to Get Rid of President Trump Before 2020” is named Rosa Brooks, and she worked as a counselor to the U.S. Defense Undersecretary for Policy from 2009 to 2011.
Brooks has called President Trump’s first two weeks in the White House “appalling” simply because he is actually following through on promises made during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The author lays out four ridiculous options for getting rid of President Trump, three of which include impeachment, like using the 25th Amendment to declare Trump “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” thus putting Vice President Pence in power.
However, it is Brooks’ 4th suggestion that is truly ridiculous and dangerous, a military coup:
The principle of civilian control of the military has been deeply internalized by the U.S. military, which prides itself on its nonpartisan professionalism. What’s more, we know that a high-ranking lawbreaker with even a little subtlety can run rings around the uniformed military. During the first years of the George W. Bush administration, for instance, formal protests from the nation’s senior-most military lawyers didn’t stop the use of torture. When military leaders objected to tactics such as waterboarding, the Bush administration simply bypassed the military, getting the CIA and private contractors to do their dirty work.
What would top U.S. military leaders do if given an order that struck them as not merely ill-advised, but dangerously unhinged? An order that wasn’t along the lines of “Prepare a plan to invade Iraq if Congress authorizes it based on questionable intelligence,” but “Prepare to invade Mexico tomorrow!” or “Start rounding up Muslim Americans and sending them to Guantánamo!” or “I’m going to teach China a lesson — with nukes!”
It’s impossible to say, of course. The prospect of American military leaders responding to a presidential order with open defiance is frightening — but so, too, is the prospect of military obedience to an insane order. After all, military officers swear to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, not the president. For the first time in my life, I can imagine plausible scenarios in which senior military officials might simply tell the president: “No, sir. We’re not doing that,” to thunderous applause from the New York Times editorial board.
Brooks clearly dislikes President Trump’s agenda, but this is more than just insulting to the millions of Americans who voted for him. This is a former defense lawyer calling for a coup in the defense establishment’s premier outlet.
Building a border wall on the Mexican border and issuing travel restrictions from terror-prone countries are perfectly legal presidential actions, but the left is in such denial that they come up with insane ideas like a military coup to try and obstruct President Trump.
We are truly living through dangerous times.
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