Washington. The head of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, feared late last year that then-President Donald Trump would abolish the Constitution to retain power, something he compared to the 1933 takeover of the Reichstag by Adolf Hitler, according to a new book.
Milley saw Trump’s refusal to accept defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 election as a sign of his intention to retain power by any means, according to excerpts from the book by The Washington Post journalists Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker. , released this Thursday by the newspaper and CNN.
“This is a moment like the Reichstag … The Gospel of the Führer,” Milley told his Pentagon advisers, according to the authors of the book, titled “I Alone Can Fix It.”RELATED
In 1933 Hitler took advantage of a suspicious fire in the Reichstag, the German parliament, to suspend civil liberties and concentrate authority in his government, setting the stage for Nazi consolidation.
When Trump called on his supporters to march on Washington in November, the president’s appointed Milley expressed concern that he was displaying “brown shirts in the streets,” the book says, alluding to Hitler’s violent militia.
“They can try, but they are not going to be successful,” Milley told his advisers, according to the book.
“You can’t do this without the military. You can’t do this without the CIA and the FBI. We are the guys with the guns,” he added.
The book, due to be released next week, constitutes the most disturbing view yet of how Trump’s refusal to accept defeat was perceived within the administration.