The Guardian reports:
Shortly before the deadly attack on the US Capitol on 6 January, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Gen Mark Milley, told aides the US was facing a “Reichstag moment” because Donald Trump was preaching “the gospel of the Führer”, according to an eagerly awaited book about Trump’s last year in office.
Leonnig and Rucker report that Milley spoke to an “old friend”, who warned the general that Trump and his allies were trying to “overturn the government” in response to Joe Biden’s election victory, which Trump falsely maintains was the result of electoral fraud.
Milley is reported to have said: “They may try, but they’re not going to fucking succeed. You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We’re the guys with guns.”
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Top US general warned of ‘Reichstag moment’ in Trump’s turbulent last days https://t.co/1H7X49sLlx
— The Guardian (@guardian) July 14, 2021
“This is a Reichstag moment,” Milley told aides, according to the book… Milley told aides he feared it “could be the modern American equivalent of ‘brownshirts in the streets.'” It doesn’t get much more serious than this. https://t.co/FS3s6fiLwg
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 15, 2021
“Milley described ‘a stomach-churning’ feeling as he listened to Trump’s untrue complaints of election fraud, drawing a comparison to the 1933 attack on Germany’s parliament building that Hitler used as a pretext to establish a Nazi dictatorship.”https://t.co/sDkT0Xs2Qs
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) July 15, 2021
Reichstag fire, Berlin, February 1933—Hitler falsely claimed that it showed grave Communist threat to existing German government—he exploited it to advance Nazi dictatorship: pic.twitter.com/hfgUECicfO
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) July 8, 2021