Ross: A call to revolution from Michael Flynn … or not?

Jun 1, 2021, 5:29 AM | Updated: 10:27 am
President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

Michael Flynn was one of the keynote speakers at the “For God & Country Patriot Roundup” held at the Omni Dallas Hotel over the weekend.

Mr. Flynn, you’ll remember, served three weeks as President Trump’s national security adviser, pleaded guilty to making false statements about his Russian contacts, and was finally pardoned.

During a Q&A at the convention, he got this question:

“I’m a simple marine. … I want to know what happened in Minamar can’t happen here.”

He apparently meant Myanmar, formerly Burma, where the military in February rejected the election results, shut down the internet, and kicked out the elected government. So Flynn is being asked why that can’t happen here.

Here’s how he answered:

“No reason, I mean it SHOULD happen here, that’s right … one more.”

Then he quickly moves on.

When that clip hits the internet, suddenly the headlines are saying, “Michael Flynn appears to suggest a Myanmar-style coup should happen in the United States.”

So I checked again. Did he say that after being asked, “Why what happened in Myanmar CAN’T happen here?”

“No reason, … it should happen here, no reason.”

It sounds to me like he is saying that. And yet, within a few hours, Flynn issued this statement:

“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. Let me repeat my response to a question asked at the conference: There is no reason it (a coup) should happen here (in America).”

OK, so just to double check, here’s the answer at three-quarter speed to the question, “why what happened in Myanmar CAN’T happen here.”

“No reason. I mean, it SHOULD happen here, no reason.”

See, he’s asked why it CAN’T happen, and says “no reason.” Then starts a new sentence and says, “I mean, it SHOULD happen here.”

But let’s triple check. Slow it down to half-speed.

“No reason. I mean, it SHOULD happen here, no reason.”

Well, this isn’t helping. So I say we just accept his explanation that he was telling the God and Country Patriots that a coup should NOT happen here, and that there is “NO reason” whatsoever for any coup in America. Which would mean the cheers we heard from the God and Country Patriots were a repudiation of what happened in Myanmar, where the military overthrew a democratically-elected government.

In fact, for God and Country Patriots, who revere the Second Amendment, what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here because that’s exactly what the Second Amendment was intended to prevent.

So I’m glad he explained. I feel better now.

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Ross: A call to revolution from Michael Flynn … or not?