Michael Flynn Says He Didn't Call for Myanmar-Style Coup In U.S.
At the behest of approximately no one, except for maybe three (3) hyper-conservative conspiracy theorists, it seems former national security advisor and QAnon merch salesman, Michael Flynn is back from the brink of obscurity, allegedly toting a few choice words of wisdom for the American people in these trying times – be more like coup-torn Myanmar.
While speaking at the "For God & and Country Patriot Roundup" conference in Dallas on Sunday, Flynn, who has notably embraced unfounded allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election and the baseless QAnon conspiracy movement, took a moment to answer questions from the audience, including one asking why our nation isn't in a state of violent unrest over Joe Biden winning the presidency. “I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here?” said one attendee, evidently suffering from a previously unheard-of condition called Insurrection-Specific Amnesia, according to The Hill. Earlier this year, Myanmar's military seized power from the country's democratically elected government, an event that led to hundreds being killed, and thousands of protesters being detained, the outlet noted.
“No reason,” Flynn quipped in a response that might singlehandedly send far-right D.C. tourism skyrocketing once again. “I mean, it should happen here. No reason. That's right." As his remarks made headlines, with several prominent figures taking to Twitter to ask what the actual f*** was he thinking …
… and how the f*** has he not been arrested yet …
… the former Trump aide took to Parler -- a.k.a the official echo chamber of the conspiracy-touting far right -- claiming his words had been twisted. "Let me be VERY CLEAR - There is NO reason whatsoever for any coup in America, and I do not and have not at any time called for any action of that sort," read a message from an account used by Flynn, per CNN.
Sidney Powell, an attorney who has previously represented Flynn, doubled down on these sentiments on Monday, saying that he did not encourage “any act of violence or any military insurrection” and that the press had "grossly distorted" his comments.
Yet as The Hill noted, this was far from Flynn's only questionable comment that day, continuing to tout baseless election conspiracies roughly seven months after Biden's win. “Trump won,” the former lieutenant general told the crowd. “He won the popular vote, and he won the Electoral College vote,” he continued, proving he is definitely NOT bitter.
So folks, if we learn anything from this year, let it be that coups are generally a bad thing. The last thing we need right now is Insurrection 2: Electric Boogaloo.