In Defying the Odds, we discuss Trump's dishonesty and his record of disregarding the rule of law. Our next book, Divided We Stand, looks at the 2020 election and the January 6 insurrection. Some Republican leaders -- and a measurable number of rank-and-file voters -- are open to the idea of violent rebellion.
In February, Alex Kaplan reported at Media Matters:
Here is the video of former national security advisor Michael Flynn saying that he thinks a coup like the coup in Myanmar should happen in the US. pic.twitter.com/7mGYjfXg18— Mamie 😌 (@MC_Hyperbole) May 30, 2021
Supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory and users on far-right message boards are lauding the military coup in Myanmar and saying the U.S. military should take similar action against President Joe Biden over false claims of voter fraud.
On February 1, Myanmar’s military initiated a coup against the country’s civilian government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, after her party won a majority in parliament in November. The military claimed the coup was necessary due to allegations of voter fraud in the election, though it has not provided concrete evidence of those claims. The Biden administration has condemned the coup and threatened to reimpose sanctions on the country in response.
Far-right message boards and those in the QAnon community cheered the coup as Myanmar “awakening,” drawing parallels to their own false claims that Biden was elected due to voter fraud and questioning “when will this happen here” and when the military will “arrest [American] politicians too.