America’s political Left and the bureaucratic “deep state” are already plotting to launch a “military cop” against President Donald Trump over fears he will seek “retribution” when reelected, according to a new report from NBC News.
Far-left national security “experts” and Pentagon insiders reportedly expressed their concerns to the outlet as the presidential election draws near.
Those fears are now intensifying over the possibility that Trump might leverage the U.S. military to enforce his political will if he returns to the Oval Office.
NBC News inadvertently admitted the existence of a “deep state” in a detailed new report.
The outlet claims that the “deep state” is allegedly working to facilitate a “military coup” against Trump if he is freely and fairly elected by the American people.
The NBC article paints a portrait of a left-wing plot to disrupt military allegiance to civilian control.
In a post on X, The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway wrote:
“NBC reports the left is plotting ways to have military not be under civilian control.
“This dangerous and unconstitutional usurpation of power is being framed by NBC as good because it will undermine Trump if he is freely and fairly elected by Americans.”
NBC reports the left is plotting ways to have military not be under civilian control. This dangerous and unconstitutional usurpation of power is being framed by NBC as good because it will undermine Trump if he is freely and fairly elected by Americans. https://t.co/HtmYhy3l5u
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) January 14, 2024
The report has sent alarm bells ringing among freedom-loving Americans.
Many have been quick to warn of the dangers of not having the military under civilian control.
“Civilian control of the military is part of the bedrock foundation of American democracy,” according to War on the Rocks.
“The democratic project is not threatened by the existence of a powerful standing military so long as civilian and military leaders — and the rank-and-file they lead — embrace and implement effective civilian control.
“Civilian control is exercised within the executive branch for operational orders by the chain of command, which runs from the president to the civilian secretary of defense to the combatant commanders.”
There is currently a concerted effort by a coalition of public interest groups and lawmakers to anticipate and thwart any attempts to “misuse” presidential powers.
This includes closely monitoring Trump’s policy statements and the interviews given by his allies to gauge the direction of a potential second Trump administration.
Key players in this preemptive effort include Democracy Forward and Protect Democracy.
Both groups are far-left organizations with histories of challenging Trump’s administration in court.
They are currently seeking to build alliances and prepare for legal battles to counteract any abuses of power from Day One.
NBC News reports:
Donald Trump is sparking fears among those who understand the inner workings of the Pentagon that he would convert the nonpartisan U.S. military into the muscular arm of his political agenda as he makes comments about dictatorship and devalues the checks and balances that underpin the nation’s two-century-old democracy.
A circle of appointees independent of Trump’s political operation steered him away from ideas that would have pushed the limits of presidential power in his last term, according to books they’ve written and testimony given to Congress.
Most were gone by the end. In a new term, many former officials worry that Trump would instead surround himself with loyalists unwilling to say no.
Trump has raised fresh questions about his intentions if he regains power by putting forward a legal theory that a president would be free to do nearly anything with impunity — including assassinate political rivals — so long as Congress can’t muster the votes to impeach him and throw him out of office.
Now, bracing for Trump’s potential return, a loose-knit network of public interest groups and lawmakers is quietly devising plans to try to foil any efforts to expand presidential power, which could include pressuring the military to cater to his political needs.
Those taking part in the effort told NBC News they are studying Trump’s past actions and 2024 policy positions so that they will be ready if he wins in November.
That involves preparing to take legal action and send letters to Trump appointees spelling out consequences they’d face if they undermine constitutional norms.
Critics argue that preemptive measures to curtail such use are tantamount to unconstitutional acts.
The moves would likely pave the way for a “military coup” to subvert the will of the American people.
The core of the argument from detractors of the NBC report is that there is an orchestrated effort by the deep state to undermine Trump’s authority.
However, should he win the 2024 election, Trump’s authority would be legally and democratically conferred upon him.
Americans fear that the actions described in the NBC report are not safeguards of democracy.
Instead, they are part of an effort to dismantle it.