(CNN) – Michael Flynn, the first national security adviser to former President Donald Trump, appeared to be supporting a Myanmar-style coup in the United States on Sunday.
For months now, QAnon and Trump supportive online forums have been celebrating the deadly military coup in Myanmar, suggesting that the same should happen in the United States so that Trump could be reinstated as president.
Flynn made the comments at an event in Dallas on Sunday that attended prominent peddlers of the QAnon conspiracy theory and Big Lie.
“I want to know why what happened in Minamar (sic) can’t happen here?” Asked a member of the audience who identified himself as a Marine, Flynn.
“No reason, I mean it should happen here. No reason. That’s right, ”Flynn replied.
A message posted on Monday to a Parler account used by Flynn claimed Flynn’s words were twisted and he was not calling for a coup.
Attorney Sidney Powell, who has represented Flynn in the past, said Monday that he had in no way promoted “acts of violence or military uprisings.” She claimed the media “grossly skewed” Flynn’s comments. She didn’t explain why Flynn had answered the question the way he did.
Powell was present at a meeting in the Oval Office in the last few weeks of Trump’s presidency at which Flynn suggested that Trump could call martial law as part of his efforts to overturn the elections, CNN has reported. It wasn’t clear if Trump supported the idea, but others in the room forcibly pushed them back and shot them down.
Some QAnon followers are obsessed with the idea that the U.S. military will somehow get Trump back in office. Some believed and hoped that Trump would proclaim martial law on inauguration day to prevent Joe Biden from entering the White House.
Earlier this weekend at the same event in Dallas, Flynn falsely claimed, “Trump won. He won the referendum and he won the election of the electoral college. “
GOP Representative Liz Cheney from Wyoming, for whom Republicans recently voted in the House of Representatives, to be removed from their leadership position after publicly and repeatedly denying Trump’s election claims, tweeted Monday afternoon: “No American should advocate or support the violent overthrow of the United States.” A link to an article with the news of Flynn’s Sunday utterances accompanied the tweet.
Rep. Elaine Luria, a Virginia Democrat who is vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said later Monday that Flynn’s comments were “dangerous” and “incredibly worrying,” adding that she believed official measures were taken against him should be considered.
“Flynn’s remarks border on rebellion. There is certainly some behavior that is inappropriate for an officer. These are both things that can be attempted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and I think as a retired military man this should certainly be a route that we believe has ramifications for those kinds of words, “Luria, a retired Marine commandant, said CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360”.
Flynn is considered the hero of the QAnon movement. Last summer, Flynn posted a video with QAnon slogans. In a recent interview, Flynn tried to distinguish between the QAnon movement, known for outlandish conspiracy theories, and its followers: “What I tell people is to look at the people involved. Look at the values they represent and let’s move on. “
The event in Dallas, entitled “For God & and Country Patriot Roundup,” had been planned for months. Concerns about the event contributed to the decision by the Department of Health and Welfare to transfer unaccompanied migrant children from a nearby location in the city, CNN Reported at the beginning of the month.
Powell, who has often spread the lie that Trump was re-elected, also appeared at the event, saying Trump should “just be reinstated” and that a “new inauguration day” will be set.
Talks among Trump supporters about a coup are not only taking place online; CNN spoke to supporters of the former president in Ventura, California in February who said they wanted to see a Myanmar-style coup d’état here.