Former President Donald Trump's onetime National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, pled guilty in 2017 for lying to the FBI about his relationship and dealings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Trump would later pardon Flynn in one of the most controversial uses of pardon powers of his term.
Since then, Flynn has embraced the adoration of Trump's far-right supporters, swearing allegiance to the QAnon conspiracy theory and still pushing the lie that the 2020 election was "stolen" by Democrats through widespread election fraud.
Despite Flynn's reverence for these conspiracy theories and his improper dealings with Kislyak, Trump's supporters have enshrined Flynn as a patriot targeted by the so-called Deep State for his love of country.
These supporters even cheered when Flynn recently advocated for an overthrow of the United States government.
When asked why "what happened in Minnamar [sic] can't happen here," Flynn responded:
"No reason, I mean, it should happen here. No reason. That's right."
Flynn made the comments at the For God & Country Patriot Roundup in Texas this past weekend.
The backlash was immediate, prompting Flynn to absurdly claim in a Telegram post (he's been banned from Twitter for spreading false information) that he never said anything of the sort.
People weren't buying it.
His comments were seen as an embodiment of the GOP's support for violence like what the country saw on January 6.
Flynn's former attorney, conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell, was one of the few people to back his defense.