As the one-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection approaches, several retired military heroes have been increasingly vocal about what could happen in 2024 if Donald Trump and his supporters aren’t held accountable for their alleged roles in the Capitol riot.
At the forefront of their concerns is Trump’s Big Lie that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen, which is still being perpetuated by Congressional Republicans as well as other military leaders. Three retired Generals wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in which they expressed their fears that military officials may help Trump if he attempts to overturn the 2024 presidential election results if he runs and loses again.
As it becomes increasingly clear that Trump is hand-picking MAGA candidates to challenge incumbent Republicans who either supported his second impeachment or displayed other acts of perceived disloyalty, the Big Lie is going to be a major talking point during the midterm elections, and may signal what the country might face in 2024. Appearing on MSNBC early on New Year’s Day, retired Lt. General Russel Honoré — who headed up the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — blasted those retired military officials who signed a letter where they agreed with Trump that the election was stolen.
Your periodic reminder that 124 retired Generals and Admirals signed a letter contesting the 2020 election. Fascist assholes, every one.
— LiberalNavySeal1 (@LeftyNavySeal) December 31, 2021
Asked about the op-ed, Gen. Honoré didn’t hold back when it came to dressing down his fellow officers. “I am somewhat concerned that many senior officers would contest an election that was thoroughly vetted by federal judges from across the country and approved by governors in their role in leading the states,” the former general replied. “I am appalled by the fact that they would join in such a movement. The fact that that is what they believe, their ability to act on it, while it’s possible, is not probable.”
Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré told MSNBC the Trump White House was complicit in planning the Capitol riot. And he knows, because he looked into it. @ltgrusselhonore doesn’t pull punches. Neither should we. #ExpelTheSeditionists #Traitor https://t.co/mHPGScy8sG
— Kathleen Delano (@kdelano001) January 1, 2022
“What we have to do is make sure, as we approach events like 1/6 and the anniversary of 1/6, or the commemoration of 1/6, I must say, there can be no gaps,” Gen. Honoré continued. “We must have the National Guard on standby and federal police on standby and the government needs to make sure that they don’t have to be invited to come protect the Capitol. And that is the attitude that too many took on 1/6; they needed to be asked for help to come save our democracy. There’s a crying damn shame.”
To not charge ALL involved in planning, aiding, abetting, and conspiring regarding the 1/6 insurrection, and now covering it up, would be the historical equivalent of ONLY PROSECUTING THE FIVE MEN ARRESTED on 06.17.72 at the DNC’s Watergate offices trying to bug the place. 1/5 https://t.co/WVgZxyKw8D
— John W. Dean (@JohnWDean) January 1, 2022
Watch the full discussion, below.