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Jan. 6 Coup: Kimberly Guilfoyle, Pentagon Played Roles

We might have guessed as much

Two recent items on the attempted January 6 coup make it clear that Trump insiders had a hand in the events of the day, and that at least some of the Pentagon leadership was happy to let the chaos unfold.

ProPublica reports that top Trump operative and Wicked Witch of the Far-Right Kimberly Guilfoyle worked behind the scenes to fundraise for the Save America Rally that led to the storming of the capital. She also worked to get certain speakers — including herself — onstage:

On the night of Jan. 5, Trump Jr., Guilfoyle and [Trump aide Caroline] Wren attended an event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, where Trump donors mingled with prominent figures in the movement to overturn the election, according to interviews and social media posts from attendees.

Around the time of that event, Wren called rally staff and urged them to allow speaking roles for Ali Alexander, a far-right provocateur and leader of the Stop the Steal movement; Roger Stone, a former Trump advisor; and conspiracy theorist and InfoWars leader Alex Jones, according to a former campaign official who was told details of the call by people who listened to it.

Trump aides had already deemed the men too radical to go on stage, worrying they might embarrass the president.

During the call, Guilfoyle voiced her support for the controversial speakers, the former campaign official was told. She also specifically demanded that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who had sued to challenge election results in four other states, address the crowd. Alexander later said on a newscast that he also received a call from Guilfoyle that same evening.

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Guilfoyle threw her weight around partly by reminding Trump staffers how much money she had raised: "Literally one of my donors Julie at 3 million [dollars]," Guilfoyle claimed in a text message to White House liaison Katrina Pierson, when told that the President's staff were selecting the lineup.

As the rally turned into a coup, according to World Socialist Web Site, acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy delayed requests for support from D.C. National Guard Director William Walker for over three hours, "leaving him 'stunned and frustrated.'" A quick reaction force of 40 people, Walker testified before the Senate in March, could have been deployed in twenty minutes.

Miller, you might remember, became acting secretary of defense following Trump's election defeat, a move that concerned people who suspected that a coup might be in the works. As WSWS points out:

Miller brought with him to the Pentagon Ezra Cohen-Watnick, an extreme right-wing operative with prior connections to fascist Steve Bannon, and Kash Patel, a White House aide with an ultra-right background.

SOURCE: ProPublica, World Socialist Web Site