- Fiona Hill, a former White House national security official, said President Donald Trump attempted a “self-coup” by inciting a base of his supporters to storm the Capitol on January 6.
- In a statement released by Politico on Monday, Hill explained why he considered the January 6 incident a “coup”, although there were some who disagreed.
- “Trump covered up what he was doing by acting in a prominent place, speaking openly about his intention,” Hill wrote. “He normalizes his actions so that people accept them. I’ve been studying authoritarian regimes for three decades and I know the signs of a coup when I see them.”
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A former White House national security official said President Donald Trump tried to carry out a “self-coup” by inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol building.
Fiona Hill, who served in the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations and was a key witness to Trump’s impeachment, wrote a detailed text published Monday that she said was the president’s role in the January 6 uprising.
“Since last Wednesday, people have been arguing about what to call what happened in the US Capitol – was it a riot? An uprising? An uprising?” Hill writes in the publication published by Politico. “I publicly called it a coup, but others disagreed.”
She called the events of the Capitol a coup, saying the unprecedented assault on the Capitol was “the culmination of a series of actions and events undertaken or instigated by Trump to keep him in office, which together represent an attempt at self-revolution. “
“Trump covered up what he was doing by acting in a prominent place, speaking openly about his intention,” Hill wrote. “He normalizes his actions so that people accept them.”
“I’ve been studying authoritarian regimes for three decades, and I know the signs of a coup when I see them.”
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In the paper, Hill outlined what she called a “standard coup list” that analysts use to assess whether certain incidents can be considered a coup involving the military, communications, the judiciary, government institutions and the legislature.
“The truth is that for the past four years, Trump has been conducting stress tests on the US democratic system to see if anyone will curb it,” the former national security official wrote. “Think about how many times he said he ‘deserved’ two or even three terms because he was treated ‘unfairly’ or ‘cheated’ in the first two years of his presidency by ‘Russian fraud’, Mueller’s investigation and last year’s impeachment process. “
“In 2020, when his ratings fell, the president laid the groundwork for what would be the Big Lie that he won the election,” she added.
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She went on to ask Republicans in Congress, who backed Trump’s challenges to the election results, to “take personal responsibility for their actions in support of Trump’s coup attempt” in order to “restore democratic norms and make sure that does not repeat “.
“They have to tell the truth to their constituents about the election and what the president tried to do in January 2021,” Hill said. “They owe it to the people they represent, as well as to the country they serve.”