In the aftermath of Wednesday’s Capitol Hill riot, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has blamed President Donald Trump for the violence and destruction that occurred and demanded he be removed from office immediately, either by way of resignation or through impeachment or the 25th Amendment of the Constitution.
Going one step further, Pelosi also spoke with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley about preventing an “unhinged” Trump from getting access to the nuclear arsenal launch codes, a move labeled as “silly” yet “dangerous” by the Washington Examiner‘s Tom Rogan.
Pelosi reaches out to military leadership
Pelosi revealed in a Friday press release that she had reached out to Gen. Milley to discuss “Preventing an Unhinged President From Using the Nuclear Codes.”
“This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi wrote.
“The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy,” she added.
According to NPR, she later told Democrats that “she had received assurances that there were safeguards in place, according to a source on the call.”
Pelosi undermining national security
Yet, according to Rogan, it is Pelosi who is acting “unhinged” and “dangerous” and placing the nation at risk by way of her effort to undermine the commander-in-chief and turn the military against him, particularly with regard to access to the nuclear launch codes.
The whole point of the so-called “nuclear football” — the briefcase containing launch codes and attack strategies that is always by the president’s side — is so that, in an emergency, such as detected launches from America’s nuclear rivals like China or Russia, the president is capable of a rapid counterattack or preemptive strike response in order to save American lives.
It is this deterrent, the very real threat of mutually assured destruction, that prevented the Cold War from turning hot — a deterrent that Pelosi’s gambit would substantially weaken and potentially leave the nation undefended from an attack.
Even TIME magazine recognized that what Pelosi is attempting to do is an unacceptable — and, thankfully, likely futile — bid to usurp the power and authority of the president, and noted that the military already had protocols in place to deal with Pelosi’s alleged concern, namely to slow down, stop, or simply ignore an “illegal” order to launch nuclear weapons.
Loose talk about a “coup”
As for the Capitol Hill riot that many on the left have hyperbolically labeled as an attempted “coup,” Defense One argued that it falls short of being an actual coup, largely because there was no state-affiliated armed group in support of it, like the police or the military.
According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, a “coup” is defined as “the sudden, violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group. The chief prerequisite for a coup is control of all or part of the armed forces, the police, and other military elements.”