Military on alert over Trump’s martial law threat: ‘The craziness is unprecedented’
Senior officers have discussed what they would do if the president declared martial law, according to a new report.
President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit after losing the 2020 presidential election and refuses to acknowledge the defeat. A new report claims that military leaders discussed their plan of action should POTUS declare martial law in the final days of his term.
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National security and electoral law experts claim Trump cannot declare martial law, but are alarmed by the possibility, according to the Washington Post.
"This is really dangerous stuff," Rachel Kleinfeld, a national security expert with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told the Post. “You cannot normalize extrajudicial actions outside the rule of law and believe that democracy will last. Democracies are fragile, including ours. "
"If you have martial law," continued Kleinfeld. “You completely overruled the constitution. So this is a coup, and there will be no coup in this country. "
President Donald Trump departs the South Lawn of the White House in Washington DC on December 12, 2020. Trump travels to the Army versus Navy Football Game at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. (Photo by Al Drago / Getty Images)
Though experts don't believe an unprecedented move is possible, a report claims the military is still preparing for the unknown. According to an exclusive Newsweek story, the Pentagon is on alert and ranking officers have been discussing what they would do if the president decided to declare martial law. An official explained the nature of the planning anonymously.
"I have been in the military for over 40 years and have never seen the discussions that are going on now, the need for such discussions," said the unidentified source.
Another officer repeated feelings similar to Newsweek.
"At this point in time, there is no telling what the president might do next month," said a former North Command commander (NORTHCOM), who the outlet says is actively advising senior officials. "While I'm confident the uniformed military leadership has their heads screwed right, the craziness is unprecedented and the possibilities are endless."
While he is still in office, Trump has issued several dozen pardons. As theGrio reported last week, POTUS has granted its allies 49 pardons and clemencies. Those on pardon include former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security advisor Michael Flynn and campaign advisor George Papadopoulos.
Although the Supreme Court rejected Trump's attempts to reverse election results in four states, TheGio insisted that "it is not over".
"This was not a close choice," said Trump. “You are looking at Georgia. We won Georgia big. We won Pennsylvania big. We won Wisconsin big. We won it big. "
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Various Pentagon defense leaders informed Newsweek that the military would not play a role in the election result.
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