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LA Times Brazenly Assumes If Trump Wins Presidency, A Military Coup Will Be Necessary

July 20, 2016

James Kirchik, writing for the Los Angeles Times makes the ridiculous and uninformed assumption that there is “a possibility” that the military might be forced to form a coup if Donald Trump were to be elected President of the United States.


Kirchik makes connections to the attempted military coup that happened last week in Turkey. He says that to Americans the idea of a coup is like an “exotic foreign news story,” but “the prospect of similar instability would not be unfathomable in this country if Donald Trump were to win the presidency.”

Kirchik  calls Trump “the most brazenly authoritarian figure to secure the nomination of a major American political party.” He says that Trump is a supporter of “strongmen,” such as his campaign manager, “dictator whisperer” Paul Manafort.

Kirchik argues that if Trump were to call for illegal military orders such as committing war crimes, the military would have to take action and resist and ignore orders after facing the choice of “obeying the law and serving the wishes of someone who has explicitly expressed his utter lack of respect for it.”

He then suggests that Hillary Clinton would never commit criminal military acts.

“Such dystopian situations are unimaginable under a President Hillary Clinton, who, whatever her faults, would never contemplate ordering a bombing run or — heaven forbid — a nuclear strike on a country just because its leader slighted her small hands at a summit,” Kirchik wrote.

Kirchik finishes his article saying that Trump is not worthy of being president and if voters don’t stop him, the military will have to.

“Trump is not only patently unfit to be president, but a danger to America and the world. Voters must stop him before the military has to.”