One of the three retired generals who contributed to an op-ed for the Washington Post warning of a possible military coup in 2024 if there is a contested presidential election result appeared on CNN and slammed Donald Trump’s supporters for maintaining the belief that the election was stolen.
While openly admitting that he’s a “lifelong conservative,” Gen. (Ret) Steven M. Anderson told host Pamela Brown that he’s seriously worried about a Trump-inspired military takeover, and specifically called out MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell as an example of someone Trump’s base needs to ignore. “Stop listening to the pillow guy,” Gen. Anderson said at one point during his rant.Gen. Anderson explained how Trump was able to capitalize on the people who probably hadn’t paid much attention to politics prior to his entering the presidential race in 2015 and turned it into a reality show they could all be a part of. “We’ve got some people that just haven’t been educated, they haven’t been found out, and they’ve grown empowered through, perhaps, inaction on the parts of some of our key leaders,” Gen. Anderson said.
Maj Gen (Ret) Paul Eaton &
Brig Gen (Ret) Steven Anderson warn of the danger of another insurrection if the US military doesn’t better police extremism in the ranks now: pic.twitter.com/IkShHlQtGW
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) December 24, 2021
“What we can do now is identify those people, get them out of our ranks, and train the rest of the force on Civics 101,” Gen. Anderson continued. “About how our country is supposed to work, how elections work, stop listening to the pillow guy and start learning about our country and how it’s actually supposed to run.”
Thank you, @TheBeatWithAri, for having Brig.Gen.(Ret.) Steven Anderson on to discuss the WaPo op-ed regarding the threat of a 2024 insurrection.
"Truth be told, an awful lot of people just haven't seen this situation for what it is — a grave threat to our democracy." pic.twitter.com/rVTkYOWpac
— VoteVets (@votevets) December 22, 2021
“Really quickly, just walk us through your concern about this partisan divide and how it could impact the chain of command, and why that is so concerning to you, in terms of preventing another coup attempt potentially in 2024,” host Pamela Brown asked.
Retired Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson speaks with CNN's Kate Bolduan about his op-ed in the Washington Post in which he and two other retired generals warn that the US military must work to quell unrest within the armed forces to prevent another insurrection from occurring in 2024. pic.twitter.com/hLKgRiUId9
— Mo.bare. Michael. sta.ve. m.j r.b c.p .Jhn (@Maxamdbar88888) December 22, 2021
“Well, the big problem here is allegiance to the Constitution, versus allegiance to a leader,” Gen. Anderson replieed. “In this case, a cult-like figure like Trump. There’s a lot of people in uniform that are confused about that. They think the president is something like a king, and he’s not. You know, we swore an oath to the Constitution. That’s how our soldiers, sailors, and Marines need to act. We’re concerned that there’s so much activity within the military that shows that people are ignorant of what our Constitution is really all about and they have responded to people like Trump. And when he tells them to jump, they’re probably willing to do that.”
False. The @January6thCmte hasn’t dropped requests for any necessary records. In fact, we’re actively litigating to obtain White House records Trump is trying to conceal. We will not allow him to hide the truth about January 6th, or his conduct, from the American people. pic.twitter.com/q2YBqVlyXq
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) December 30, 2021
Watch General Anderson with Pamela Brown, below.