Trump Pentagon Nominee Boosted Calls For Martial Law This Week

December 4, 2020 9:58 a.m.

The President’s nominee for a top Pentagon job boosted calls for martial law on Wednesday.

And that’s just one piece of the off-the-walls social media presence of Scott O’Grady, Trump’s nominee to become assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, CNN reported. O’Grady’s nomination was sent to the Senate on Monday. 

O’Grady also retweeted numerous false claims that Trump had in fact won a second term in office, by a landslide, and described Joe Biden’s winning the presidency as a “coup” attempt carried out in coordination with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to CNN’s review. 

The Pentagon nominee, if confirmed, would serve through the end of Trump’s presidency.

On Wednesday, O’Grady retweeted an article about Michael Flynn’s call for martial law in light of the election results. Then, he retweeted another message from the same account that had shared the article, CNN found.

“I don’t know who needs to hear this,” read the message that O’Grady retweeted. “But calling for martial law is not a bad idea when there is an attempted coup against the president and this country happening right now.”

Like other Pentagon officials in the wake of Trump’s purge of top Defense Department officials, O’Grady’s social media is full of conspiracy theories and outrageous claims — like the assertion that former President Barack Obama is a “sworn socialist” and that former Secretary of Defense James Mattis is a “traitor.” 

Following the election, O’Grady retweeted assertions about Georgia elections officials having “something to hide” and about Donald Trump winning the state of California, which in fact Joe Biden won by more than 30 points. He also shared conspiracy theories about COVID-19. CNN flagged a 2019 tweet in which O’Grady wrote that “the growing muslim populations” would pose a problem for Europe.

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