Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic magazine, is fretting over the idea that there may be accountability ahead if Donald Trump is elected for a second term as president.
Turns out — if you can take the journalist at his word — Goldberg is not alone here. General Mark Milley, the outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is also worried that Trump may throw him in the brig.
Goldberg did an in-depth profile of Milley that was published on Thursday and the title alone betrays his bias, “The Patriot. How General Mark Milley protected the Constitution from Donald Trump.”
“Milley has told friends that he expects that if Trump returns to the White House, the newly elected president will come after him. ‘He’ll start throwing people in jail, and I’d be on the top of the list,’ he has said. But he’s also told friends that he does not believe the country will reelect Trump,” Goldberg wrote.
Keep in mind, Milley undermined the commander in chief in the latter days of the Trump administration, calling his Chinese counterpart to secretly reassure Beijing that he would warn them ahead of time should the U.S. decide to suddenly attack — Trump never had any such intentions.
“If Trump is reelected president, there will be no Espers or Milleys in his administration. Nor will there be any officials of the stature and independence of John Kelly, H. R. McMaster, or James Mattis,” Goldberg wrote, setting up the quote from Milley.
“Trump and his allies have already threatened officials they see as disloyal with imprisonment, and there is little reason to imagine that he would not attempt to carry out his threats,” he added.
The intent here is to paint Trump as unhinged, a threat to the nation. Goldberg is essentially warning that there will be no guardrails and that Trump will begin abusing his power as president. The warning may be an early sign the liberal media is beginning to worry that Trump could beat Biden in a rematch — the latest polling is suggesting as much despite FOUR politically motivated indictments.
When Goldberg asked Milley about the quote above, the general replied, “I have a lot of confidence in the general officer corps, and I have confidence in the American people. The United States of America is an extraordinarily resilient country, agile and flexible, and the inherent goodness of the American people is there. I’ve always believed that, and I will go to my grave believing that.”
Pressing for another money quote, Goldberg countered, “After all you’ve been through, you believe that?”
“There are bumps in the road, to be sure, and you get through the bumps, but I don’t want to overstate this. What did I do? All I did was try to preserve the integrity of the military and to keep the military out of domestic politics. That’s all I did,” Milley replied.
Yep, it’s a safe bet that the general is sweating it.
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