A growing chorus of right-wing figures are calling on President Donald Trump to declare martial law and hold a new election overseen by the military.
Tom Zawistowski, head of the Portage County, Ohio, Tea Party, took out a full-page ad in the Washington Times to promote his call for the president to "suspend the Constitution" to protect the Constitution.
"It is our exclusive right to elect our president and that sacred right has been infringed by the massive, planned, illegal election fraud conducted by corrupt Democrat/Socialist Party operatives across our nation to steal our vote," wrote Zawistowski, who is also head of the right-wing We the People Convention that took out the ad.
Mike Flynn, recently pardoned by the president for lying to the FBI while serving as national security adviser, tweeted out a link to the We the People Convention -- as did pro-Trump lawyers Lin Wood and Sidney Powell.
#WeThePeople @SidneyPowell1 @LLinWood @DanScavino @LouDobbs @MariaBartiromo @marklevinshow @lofly727 Free… https://t.co/Bc6l2YcDwC— General Flynn (@General Flynn) 1606865428.0
The development created ripples of alarm across social media.
I feel like the presidents recently pardoned former national security advisor calling for a military coup and marti… https://t.co/fcqZxPnZQT— Tim Miller (@Tim Miller) 1606919646.0
Idk who needs to hear this, but calling for martial law because you don’t like the results of an election isn’t patriotic.— Rep. Malcolm ‘Wear A Mask’ Kenyatta (@Rep. Malcolm ‘Wear A Mask’ Kenyatta) 1606916770.0
Big pro-authoritarian energy in Trumpland today: The president's (recently pardoned) former national security advi… https://t.co/D7Rnt92f4g— Brad Heath (@Brad Heath) 1606916554.0
If Fox starts amplifying calls for martial law, Trump will have his permission structure.— Schooley (@Schooley) 1606920417.0
The US government would have protested any such call in another country as an attack on democracy. Why the silence… https://t.co/dC4AQXedzH— Jim Sciutto (@Jim Sciutto) 1606911351.0
REPUBLICANS: Wearing masks is fascism. Health care is fascism. Sensible gun laws are fascism. "What about declarin… https://t.co/hGvdHd4Iiw— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel Jollett) 1606919431.0
@Timodc But no way that same guy sold out our country and lied about it back in 2016, right? Flynn is and was a traitor. It’s who he is.— Peter Cassizzi (@Peter Cassizzi) 1606921381.0
@LindseyGrahamSC So does Flynn's pardon include his new crime of sedition? Sedition is a serious felony punishable… https://t.co/Lyk4W1OP0T— ChudoNow (@ChudoNow) 1606921372.0
Michael Flynn is now calling on Trump to suspend the constitution, institute martial law, wipe out the results of t… https://t.co/Io43qH5G6b— John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈 (@John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈) 1606920902.0
Let’s review: -A lawyer posing death threats -A retired general suggests martial law -State GOP officials harassed… https://t.co/gER8OnMK7m— Mark Hertling (@Mark Hertling) 1606919769.0
Trump's former national security adviser - who pleaded guilty to felony charges for lying to the FBI before being p… https://t.co/hUxM3h3lRy— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas) 1606918630.0
If you woke up and saw Martial Law trending, and thought that maybe the GOP might just start to pump the brakes on… https://t.co/QVNdlMHdHg— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1606917373.0
There's lots of this stuff -- calls for martial law, etc. -- floating around on the very-MAGA end of the internet.… https://t.co/QsJr9V9sPZ— Brad Heath (@Brad Heath) 1606916973.0
Why on earth would the @WashTimes print a full-page ad calling for martial law? https://t.co/H9zrZbehqI— Christian Vanderbrouk (@Christian Vanderbrouk) 1606919967.0
I'm kind of hoping that everyone actually reads the full text of the ad, not because I think any of this will happe… https://t.co/326S3OcJ8w— JJ MacNab (@JJ MacNab) 1606918946.0
Trump’s former national security adviser, the recipient of a presidential pardon only a few days ago, is tweeting o… https://t.co/lOknvd9DTa— southpaw (@southpaw) 1606885380.0
"Coup" isn't the word for what Trump's doing, but it's definitely the word for Michael Flynn's call for martial law… https://t.co/5ojF93xSwL— Nicholas Grossman (@Nicholas Grossman) 1606914317.0
If you want to impose "Martial Law" because your guy didn't win the election, don't ever lecture me on what you thi… https://t.co/EZ2HUv8NCg— 🥃😷StevenEveral🧇🥃#WearAMask (@🥃😷StevenEveral🧇🥃#WearAMask) 1606915472.0
It's really ironic how the conspiracy nuts who spent decades telling us how Clinton/Bush/Obama were going to suspen… https://t.co/LSFwOphAvl— Ben Harris (@Ben Harris) 1606918999.0