Ex-Trump adviser Michael Flynn says Myanmar-like coup ‘ought to occur’ in U.S.

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Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said over the weekend that a coup in Myanmar – in which the military overthrew a democratically elected government – should “take place” in the US

Flynn, who was performing at a QAnon conference in Dallas, was asked during a Q&A session shared on a Twitter video, “I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here . “

After the cheers from the crowd subsided, Flynn replied, “No reason. I mean this should happen here. “

The Myanmar military took power on February 1 and imprisoned the country’s democratically elected leaders on unproven allegations of electoral fraud. At least 800 civilians have died in protests and thousands have been arrested, which rocked the Southeast Asian nation in the months that followed.

Proponents of the QAnon conspiracy theory have praised the coup in Myanmar and urged the US military to do the same, citing unsubstantiated claims of election fraud.

Flynn, a former Army general, was sacked as his national security adviser by President Donald Trump in less than a month in 2017 after it was revealed that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence. After pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI during the Mueller investigation, Flynn withdrew his plea and the Justice Department dropped the charges against him. A federal judge ruled the matter should be put on hold, but Trump pardoned Flynn last November before deciding whether the Justice Department could close the criminal case against him.

Last summer, Flynn posted a video on TWTR Twitter with -0.14% reciting QAnon slogans. Twitter banned Flynn and others in January for cleaning up accounts promoting QAnon theories.

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