On Friday's episode of Timcast IRL, former acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said "there was no coup" on January 6, debunking establishment media claims that former President Donald Trump was attempting to stage a military coup that day.
Miller said, "Dude, I was running the military. There was no coup. Can't happen. Milley was right about that… it has to come through us. There was gonna be no military coup. Dude, I spent my life in service to this country and I swore to protect and defend the Constitution."
Miller said of Trump, "The President was not about that. He wasn't going there." Miller was acting Secretary of Defense November 9, 2020 through January 20, 2021.
As The Post Millennial reported in January 2022, many in establishment media said that the events of January 6 were an attempted coup d'etat by President Trump. The Hill claimed Trump was "plotting a coup to stay in power" and NPR said Trump "attempted coup or insurrection."
Miller said sending a military presence to the Capitol that day would have been "un-American and a violation" of his oath of office.
On January 6, Trump held a "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington, DC. A group of protesters left afterwards and entered the Capitol building in an incident that left veteran and mother Ashli Babbitt, who was unarmed, fatally shot by Capitol Police officer Lt. Michael Byrd.
When asked about Babbitt's shooting, Miller explained that she likely crashed the Protective Detail's "security bubble" but "we had been promised that the police in Washington DC and on Capitol Hill can handle up to a million protesters that day."
"You don't use military, you don't use soldiers to do domestic law enforcement until civil society is broken down like a natural disaster in New Orleans," Miller said.
Earlier in the interview, Miller said, "I'm going to be pedantic and talk about our high school civics class." Miller clarified that Capitol Hill is the territory of the legislative branch and the military is part of the executive branch.
"Capitol Hill. You don't go up there if you're the executive branch, the military, unless you're invited. To do something different is called a military coup," he said.
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