- Michael Flynn seemed to be saying that there should be a Myanmar-style coup in the US.
- The former National Security Advisor withdrew the statement on Monday.
- In February, Myanmar’s military overthrew its elected government and arrested its leaders.
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Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who briefly worked under former President Donald Trump, said Monday there was “NO reason” for a military coup in the United States – a day after proposing the opposite at a QAnon themed conference over the weekend .
“Let me be VERY CLEAR – there is NO reason for a coup in America, and I have not and at no time have called for such an action,” Flynn said in a post on Telegram, a social media app that was promoted by right-wing extremist groups preferred.
“Any coverage of any other belief of mine is a bold invention based on twisted coverage of a lively panel of a conference of patriotic Americans who love this country as much as I do,” added Flynn to his 227,000 subscribers.
But Flynn’s comments on Monday were at odds with what he’d made the day before at the For God & Country Patriot Roundup conference in Dallas. Attendees included Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, George Papadopoulos, and other prominent peddlers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims the existence of a “deep state” cabal of pedophiles for no reason.
“I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here,” one viewer asked Flynn, who is considered something of a celebrity in the QAnon universe, during a panel discussion.
“No reason, I mean it should happen here. No reason. That’s right,” Flynn replied.
The video of the interaction was shared on social media immediately after Flynn’s remarks on Sunday. In his Telegram post on Monday, Flynn claimed that the “media” were “manipulating” his words.
—Mamie 😌 (@MC_Hyperbole) May 30, 2021
In February, the Myanmar military overthrew the country’s democratically elected government and arrested its leaders. More than 4,400 political prisoners have been arrested since the coup began and 840 were killed by the military junta while trying to silence dissenting views, according to an investigation by the Political Prisoners Relief Society, a nonprofit that tracked and uploaded the data.
“I am no stranger to the media manipulating my words, so I would like to reiterate my answer to a question asked at the conference: There is no reason why it (a coup) should happen here (in America)” , wrote Flynn on Monday.
Flynn served as Trump’s national security advisor for 22 days before stepping down. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with a Russian ambassador, although he later withdrew his plea and was pardoned by the former president last November.
As Insider’s Rachel E. Greenspan previously reported, Flynn has previously reiterated QAnon’s rhetoric, including last year the unsubstantiated theory that Dominion Voting Systems, which sells electronic voting hardware, rigged the 2020 election in favor of President Joe Biden . There is no evidence to support this claim.
In July last year, he shared a video on Twitter promoting QAnon’s main slogan.
As CNN reported on Monday, Flynn continued to reiterate false claims about the 2020 election during Congress last weekend, saying, “Trump won. Trump won neither the referendum nor the vote of the electoral college.
Many supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which focused on the false narrative that Trump was fighting a fictional cabal of human traffickers, have refused to accept last year’s election results after Biden’s rise to the presidency. QAnon supporters and their theories have been directly linked to the January 6th Uprising in the U.S. Capitol, which resulted in five deaths.