“There is no role for the U.S. military in determining the outcome of an American election,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Army chief of staff Gen. James McConville wrote in a joint statement on December 18.
The statement echoed one by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley before the election.
Retired Lt. Gen. Flynn shared a press release on social media earlier this month urging Mr. Trump to invoke “limited martial law” and have the military conduct a “revote” of the presidential election.
Later, Flynn told Newsmax on Thursday:
“He could immediately on his order seize every single one of these machines around the country on his order. He could also order, within the swing states, if he wanted to, he could take military capabilities and he could place them in those states and basically rerun an election in each of those states. It’s not unprecedented.
“I mean, these people are out there talking about martial law like it’s something that we’ve never done. Martial law has been instituted 64 times.”
Flynn’s martial law remarks were relevant to Georgia lawyer L. Lin Wood’s previous comments to Newsmax TV’s “The Count” last week:
“If the Supreme Court does not act, I think the president should declare some extent of Martial law, and he should hold off an stay the electoral college.”
“Because we cannot have in this country, an election of our leader, where you have massive evidence of fraud and illegality. This country has to have a vote that has integrity. And the electoral college does not need to meet and vote until we have resolved these issues.”
The president continued: “GREATEST ELECTION FRAUD IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY!!!”
Mike Lindell calls for Martial law to be declared in Minnesota
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell tweeted to President Donald Trump Saturday night, calling for martial law to be declared in Minnesota so Trump can obtain the state’s ballots.
Lindell’s tweet came in the form of a retweet of attorney Lin Wood, who called for martial law to be declared in Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
Earlier this year, during the Republican National Convention, Lindell spoke out against Democrats, blaming them for the civil unrest that ensued following the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis Police officers.
“This year, the terrible Democratic leadership in Minnesota made some of the worst decisions in history,” Lindell said at the convention. “This manifested into so much of the destruction of my great state and country.”
Amanda Chase calls on Trump to declare martial law
State Sen. Amanda Chase (R), a Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, called on President Trump to declare martial law as recommended by General Flynn.
Writing in a Facebook post early in the morning on Tuesday, Amanda Chase said Biden is “not my president and never will be.”
She supported Trump’s statement that Biden had “cheated to win” and said she and many other Americans will “never accept these results.”
“The American people aren’t fools. We know you cheated to win and we’ll never accept these results. Fair elections we can accept but cheating to win; never. It’s not over yet. So thankful President Trump has a backbone and refuses to concede. President Trump should declare martial law as recommended by General Flynn,” Amanda Chase wrote.
“Here in Virginia the Democrats legalized cheating at the ballot box to win- all under the guise of covid. The Virginia Democrat Majority repealed voter ID laws, eliminated witness signatures and allowed voters to drop off sacred ballots in unsecured ballot boxes across the state, destroying the integrity and chain of custody of our ballots. In many other states this would be illegal,” she added.
Reactions of other politicians
Other politicians who recently suggested Mr. Trump declare martial law and put the military in charge include former Republican congressional hopefuls Omar Navarro of California and Duane Hennen of Ohio.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois Republican and U.S. Air Force veteran, recently said putting the military in control is “insane.” Former congressman Alan Grayson, Florida Democrat, has called talk of using the military “sedition” and any actual acting upon the request to be “treason.”
What’s Martial law?
Martial law is the imposition of direct military control of normal civil functions or suspension of civil law by a government, especially in response to a temporary emergency where civil forces are overwhelmed, or in an occupied territory, according to Wikipedia.
In the United States martial law has been declared for a state or other locality under various circumstances including after a direct foreign attack.
On September 15, 1863, President Lincoln imposed Congressionally authorized martial law. The authorizing act allowed the President to suspend habeas corpus throughout the entire United States (which he had already done under his own authority on April 27, 1861). Lincoln imposed the suspension on “prisoners of war, spies, or aiders and abettors of the enemy,” as well as on other classes of people, such as draft dodgers. The President’s proclamation was challenged in Ex parte Milligan, 71 US 2 . The Supreme Court ruled that Lincoln’s imposition of martial law (by way of suspension of habeas corpus) was unconstitutional in areas where the local courts were still in session.