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.
Here is the video of former national security advisor Michael Flynn saying that he thinks a coup like the coup in M… https://t.co/CFybA6UURd— Mamie 😌 (@Mamie 😌) 1622413393.0
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.
#MichaelFlynn is Gaslighting, the way that other Republicans do. The propaganda video shown at his QAnon rally was… https://t.co/Mdm07KEmu1— Toughone (@Toughone) 1622528130.0
We heard him say it. #MichaelFlynnIsATraitor https://t.co/UCEvcyw9jR— KT Madsen (@KT Madsen) 1622523681.0
We didn't hear what we heard? We didn't see what we saw? https://t.co/svFNu2RHne— Phoenix Mimi (@Phoenix Mimi) 1622502410.0
Gaslighting 101 - tell them they didn't see what they actually did see. Repeat ad nauseam. https://t.co/v8rmS2P8oS— Sierra Foxtrot (@Sierra Foxtrot) 1622501055.0
“I did not say that thing that there is actual video of me saying.” https://t.co/OE1UnvYocL— Morning In Seattle (@Morning In Seattle) 1622498690.0
His comments were seen as an embodiment of the GOP's support for violence like what the country saw on January 6.
Flynn stoked the flames before the 6th. After, Flynn suggested Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act. Here’s the… https://t.co/xdcX7qbb9M— Cullen (@Cullen) 1622524560.0
This is wildly un-American. A standing army forcibly overturning the will of the people to take control of the coun… https://t.co/3x3vsRFS8P— Stephen Gutowski (@Stephen Gutowski) 1622475360.0
Flynn's former attorney, conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell, was one of the few people to back his defense.