Trump’s Acting Defense Secretary Blames Him For The Capitol Riot

Mish

Trump's acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, blames Trump in an interview for the capital riots.

Vice News Interview

Vice: "Do you think the president was responsible for what happened on the 6th?"

Miller: "I don't know, it seems cause and effect, yeah."

Miller Asking Miller: "The question is would anybody have marched on the Capitol, and overrun the Capitol, without the president’s speech?"

Miller Responds to Miller:  I think it’s pretty much definitive that wouldn’t have happened."

Miller Asking Miller: "Did he know he was enraging the crowd to do that?"

Miller Responding to Miller: "I don't know."

Defense Secretary Switch

Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on November 9 as noted by Military.Com. Mark Esper was appointed acting defense secretary the same day. 

"I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately," Trump said. "Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service."

"There's currently a Senate-confirmed Deputy Secretary of Defense -- David Norquist," noted Steve Vladeck, University of Texas School of Law professor who specializes in national security legal matters, Monday on Twitter. "Under 10 U.S.C. § 132(b), [Norquist] is supposed to become Acting Secretary in the event of a vacancy. Unless Trump fired him, too.".

Vladeck added, "Miller isn't eligible to be *Secretary* of Defense because he hasn't been retired from the military for seven years."

Miller will be Trump's fifth defense secretary following Esper; Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer, who served in the position for a few days during to Esper's nomination process; Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing Co. executive; and Mattis, a retired Marine general who was confirmed by the Senate to the position in 2017.

Miller was Trump's 5th Defense Secretary 

It seems Trump had a hard time finding a good secretary.

If the interview is any indication, he finally found one. 

Mish

Comments (38)
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cudmeister
cudmeister

I think everybody agrees that Trump was an idiot.

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

Ha, ha, ha, ha.

Is this video supposed to be a spoof of some kind. Is Vice jumping a mile high stack of sharks or what?

Don't just read the snippets @Mish included. Watch the video. It's hilarious.

They should have split the sound so that the voices are on one side and the music is on the other. That way you could just listen to the music. Which is wonderfully done. Dang, that's good music. Makes me want to watch The Parallax View again.

And it might be fun to randomly shuffle the various questions and answers. They'd make more sense that way.

I'm taking even bets that Vice is not Trump's number one supporter. Any takers?

Ok, in a similar vein, here we go:

Sechel
Sechel

Feel like Miller is trying to vindicate himself and engage in damage control. His reputation suffered a bit under Trump. And yea, it should have been obvious to everyone what was likely to happen, except if you were a member of the GOP who signed on.

OMFG
OMFG

I’m fine with the protest. Got a little out of hand, but looked like a rowdy sports crowd, soccer houligans maybe, comparatively speaking to a dozen cities smolderng in this country all summer long. A ‘riot’ may be a little aggressive, but is still within the realm of sanity.
Unlike all the people throwing around the term ‘armed insurrection.’ They are the most deranged and dangerous people involved here, I assure you. The media has used that term over 2,500 times without a single gun seized

strataland
strataland

Who cares about this losers opinion? I don't know anyone or have heard of anyone who was compelled to act unlawfully directly because of the President's words. No one reading this was compelled to act unlawfully. It is patently arrogant to believe that others, in their apparent diminished capacities to judge right or wrong, was somehow compelled to act unlawfully. The rioters were misguided fools with little regard for the law and the rights of others.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

There would have been no attack on the capitol without Trump. Trump should be arrested and probably is closer to criminal prosecution than we know. We should have a federal prison on an island the way Australia does for their worst federal offenders. Law and Order!!!!

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KidHorn
KidHorn

So, according to your logic, all the people shot by police that led to riots should be arrested. After all, without them there wouldn't have been riots.

Kimo
Kimo

There would have been no attack on the Capitol if Trump's public address system failed.

Peter Bartholomew
Peter Bartholomew

How dumb are U kimosabe?

Kick'n
Kick'n

There's actually a lot of evidence that Trump and his minions coordinated with various leaders at the event. DC is still investigating. Hopefully it will come out but of course we'll just the fake news bit again and again.

jfs
jfs

Wait, isn't Trump gone? Why are we still talking about Trump?

Speaking of gone, where is Biden?

Kimo
Kimo

Miller is looking for a job, doesn't want to get blackballed, er.. scratch that, cancelled.

Rippletum
Rippletum

At a minimum Trump knew or should have known that his actions were going to cause an insurrection at the capital. Had the insurrectionists cornered House or Senate members they would have likely held them hostage or worse. But let's be real, Trump not only knew what he was doing he was actively encouraging and wanted that result. Tragically, Trump has constantly been able to skirt the laws of this country while using the justice system as a shield for his destructive behavior, and he used this behavior while he was in office. His actions only encourage more Americans to try to skirt the law - it is time Trump is held accountable for his actions, either it be tax fraud or the clear instigation of an insurrection on the capital. Not only is Trump guilty but many many Republicans of every stripe including Republicans in the highest levels of power are guilty of aiding and abetting the criminal actions of Trump. All of the elected officials that aided Trump and all of the AM radio talk show stations and their hosts that actively try to sow the seeds of hatred and discord in this country should be held accountable and we should start by prosecuting Trump and doing what we can to recall and throw out of office the elected co-conspirators and boycott the radio stations and their hosts. These people are not good for the USA and are doing it because hatred apparently sells - until we the people make sure it doesn't.


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