Joint Chiefs head said Trump was preaching Hitler’s ‘gospel’ before Capitol riot

According to new book, General Mark Milley accused former president of sending his ‘brownshirts’ into streets, warned: ‘This is a Reichstag moment’

5 July 2021

Top US General Mark Milley compared former president Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, accusing him of preaching “the gospel of the Führer” as he deployed rabble-rousing rhetoric in a quest to cling to power, a new book says.

Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also referred to Trump’s supporters as “brownshirts in the streets,” and compared Trump’s attempts to discredit the election results in the run-up to the January 6 Capitol riot to the Nazi leader using an arson attack on the German parliament to seize absolute power, according to New York magazine, which obtained an advance copy of “I Alone Can Fix It,” by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker.

“This is a Reichstag moment,” he is said to have remarked.

The book, which purports to give an insider account of the final year of the Trump presidency, is slated to come out July 20.

According to NY Mag, in the book, Milley recalls that he was initially unconcerned for the state of American democracy when an old friend warned him that Trump and his backers were trying to “overturn the government.”

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