Honestly, the idea that President Trump is the one who won’t accept the results of an election and will refuse to leave the White House in January 2021 if he loses to Joe Biden just won’t die. We’ve been hearing about it for years. Then-candidate Pete Buttigieg was asked about it by reporters. CNN ran a piece in February asking what might happen if Trump refused to leave the White House peacefully. Rep. Maxine Waters just last month said the rioting in Portland was a “trial run” for when Trump refuses to leave office. It’s ridiculous.

And yet on Tuesday, Defense One ran a much-too-lengthy letter from retired Army officers John Nagl and Paul Yingling to Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reminding him of his oath and his duty to use the military to remove Trump from the Oval Office.

They write:

Then the clock will strike 12:01 PM, January 20, 2021, and Donald Trump will be sitting in the Oval Office. The street protests will inevitably swell outside the White House, and the ranks of Trump’s private army will grow inside its grounds. The Speaker of the House will declare the Trump presidency at an end, and direct the Secret Service and Federal Marshals to remove Trump from the premises. These agents will realize that they are outmanned and outgunned by Trump’s private army, and the moment of decision will arrive.

At this moment of Constitutional crisis, only two options remain. Under the first, U.S. military forces escort the former president from the White House grounds. Trump’s little green men, so intimidating to lightly armed federal law enforcement agents, step aside and fade away, realizing they would not constitute a good morning’s work for a brigade of the 82nd Airborne. Under the second, the U.S. military remains inert while the Constitution dies. The succession of government is determined by extralegal violence between Trump’s private army and street protesters; Black Lives Matter Plaza becomes Tahrir Square.

As the senior military officer of the United States, the choice between these two options lies with you. In the Constitutional crisis described above, your duty is to give unambiguous orders directing U.S. military forces to support the Constitutional transfer of power. Should you remain silent, you will be complicit in a coup d’état. You were rightly criticized for your prior active complicity in the president’s use of force against peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square. Your passive complicity in an extralegal seizure of political power would be far worse.

Good question. Why is CNN’s Jake Tapper retweeting this?

It’s truly scary how many people in the United States really think the military will have to drag President Trump out of office if he loses the election … or if he wins and they simply refuse to accept it.

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