A former Department of Homeland Security during the Trump Administration believes Trump was not only fully behind the January 6th plot to keep the election from being certified, but he intended for the resulting chaos to be so severe, he would be “forced” to invoke martial law to remain in office.
Miles Taylor gained notoriety for writing an anonymous op-ed describing a “resistance” within the Trump administration. His proximity to the inner machinations of Trump and his inner circle gave him special insight into Trump’s mindset and behavior before, during, and after the siege on the Capitol on January 6th. “I believe Trump intended to incite an insurrection as a pretext for declaring some form of marshal law. [sic],” Taylor tweeted before the January 6th Committee Hearings began. “He mused about invoking the Insurrection Act YEARS before Jan 6 — calling it a “magic power” — in convos I witnessed & was briefed on.”While Trump has always denied seeking to provoke violence on January 6th, Monday’s televised hearing proved otherwise. Compelling testimony from Trump campaign staffers and his former Attorney General all pointed to the same conclusion: Trump knew he lost the 2020 election, but refused to listen to anyone who told him so, ultimately choosing “an apparently inebriated” Rudy Giuliani over Bill Stepien’s “Team Normal,” who wanted to concede in time for a truly peaceful transition of power.
It’s been previously reported that others in Trump’s inner circle, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), had called for Trump to use his powers to declare martial law ahead of January 6th.
I believe Trump intended to incite an insurrection as a pretext for declaring some form of marshal law. He mused about invoking the Insurrection Act YEARS before Jan 6 — calling it a “magic power” — in convos I witnessed & was briefed on.See Also
— Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) June 6, 2022