Former Acting Defense Secretary Dismisses Talk of Jan. 6 ‘Coup’ but says Trump Enraged Rioters

While thoroughly dismissing talk of a ‘coup’ on that day as “complete hyperbole,” former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller says he believes former President Trump’s speech on January 6 ‘enraged’ the unarmed rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol. Miller made these comments during an interview with Vice on Showtime.

Prior to becoming the Acting SECDEF in November 2020, Miller had been Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).

According to CNN, when asked if he thinks Trump was responsible for the riot, Miller said he believed Trump’s speech earlier in the day, which he found “concerning,” did have a “cause and effect” impact on those who listened and later stormed the Capitol.

“I don’t know, but it seems cause and effect, yeah,” Miller said, but also added that he did not know if Trump understood how far the crowd might take things. As CNN reported:

The question is would anybody have marched on the Capitol and overrun the Capitol without the President’s speech, I think it’s pretty much definitive that wouldn’t have happened, so yes. The question is did he know that he was enraging the crowd to do that, I don’t know.

The day after the Capitol riot, which I insisted (and still do) was neither a ‘coup’ nor an ‘insurrection,’ I did write that: “This outrage at the Capitol was directly, if unintentionally, instigated by President Trump.” And it did appear that way at the time.

However, as more evidence has emerged, it is far from the full story. Miller’s belief that there would not have been a Capitol riot without Trump’s ‘go fight’ speech on January 6  contradicts evidence that at least a small group of rioters had planned to storm the Capitol well before Trump’s speech.

While Trump did fan the flames that day, Miller’s views that there would not have been a riot without Trump’s speech, appears inaccurate. At least a small group did intend to force their way into the Capitol that day no matter what Trump said.

Trump’s speech likely just made the crowd larger.

When it comes to the incessant disinformation talk of the Capitol riot being a ‘coup’ or ‘insurrection,’ Miller did firmly quash that absurd ‘coup’ nonsense. Miller stated, “To have a perfect storm where an order was given to execute a military coup, it’s not possible in the United States military right now.”

Miller clearly added, according to CNN that:

When VICE on SHOWTIME told Miller that from the outside, to the rest of the world, January 6 looked like the closest the US had come to a military coup, Miller said, “I think that’s just complete hyperbole.”

I personally would use far stronger language to debunk those absurd ‘coup’ comparisons, but we should all get the point. What happened at the Capitol on January 6 was a violent, unarmed riot, not an ‘insurrection,’ much less a ‘coup.’

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Chris
Chris
1 month ago

OK, what are your findings as to why Nancy Pelosi’s son in law was at the Capitol to “take photographs?” Has he been at other Trump speeches to do the same, or just this one? F/U Was all of the footage used during the 2nd impeachment security video? If not, where did it come from. I have not heard any questions asked about this.
Thank you.

Patti
Patti
30 days ago
Reply to  Chris

Pelosi knew about this 2 weeks before it happened!! She’s in the middle of everything!!! Why was her son in law there???

Roberta K Cumpston
30 days ago
Reply to  Patti

He was there because he was informed by his mother in law that this was going to happen: SHE planned it, not Trump.

Judy
Judy
29 days ago

BINGO!!!

Sharon
Sharon
29 days ago

I agree with you, that Nancy is the one that incited this event. What better way to hurt Trump.

Terry
29 days ago
Reply to  Sharon

I am totally agree!!

John Reed
28 days ago
Reply to  Patti

Pelosi is the biggest threat to America we have ever had and she needs to be removed ASAP. She is totally deranged and consumed with her evilness and hatred for Trump that she can’t do or say anything without blaming Trump. The great part is that she will only get worse, because it doesn’t bother Trump the least bit and she hates it. Maybe we will get lucky and she will drop dead soon.

Lin
Lin
27 days ago
Reply to  Chris

Most of the video used was taken by John Sullivan, leader of Insurgence USA. He was on his own video shouting (inside the Capital building) for them to “burn this **** down” and encouraging them to destroy furnishings, it was his video that showed Ashli Babbitt being shot. He sold the video to CNN, NBC and others for nearly $100,000. He was ‘interviewed’ by a CNN reporter before he entered the building telling her he was in a “costume” of Trump gear so he could infiltrate the crowd and oann showed a screen shot of a conversation he had with fellow Insurgence members who claimed they were there also. As a side note he was arrested in Utah for the same charges many of the other participants have been arrested and jailed for, but was released without bond despite the fact that he was already out on felony charges related to an earlier riot.

Robin Rosenblatt
30 days ago

MORE LIES

Trish
Trish
29 days ago

I know, right? But we’re stuck with having to listen to them because they think if they say it enough it will be true.

John Reed
28 days ago
Reply to  Trish

That’s their whole idea, if they say it loud enough and long enough, people will believe it. It’s pat of the Saul Alinsky and communist playbook. Look up and read about what Nikita Khrushchev said at the U.N. about how communism will bury America.

Patrick Damone
Patrick Damone
30 days ago

Fact that the morons were there before Trump finished speaking and the FBI even proved that the attacked was planned prior to the rally so the moron ex needs to STFU!!!!

madmemere
madmemere
30 days ago
Reply to  Patrick Damone

You said exactly what I was thinking; we do know from the timeline, the rioters were already at the Capitol well before President Trump finished giving his speech. We also know, from the FBI’s own report, this attack was planned well in advance of that day. There is not a shadow of a doubt, in my mind, that communist pelosi was TOTALLY INVOLVED in the planning.

Lin
Lin
27 days ago
Reply to  madmemere

If not complicit in the attack Pelosi was the reason why the National Guard troops were not provided when the Capital police requested them days before the 6th. Pelosi has gone so far as to claim that President Trump did not request the National Guard, which he did. His request was unofficial and made directly to House leaders, not to the Department of Defense, which is why there is no written record of it.

THOMAS
THOMAS
30 days ago

When are all these Commiecrat Liars going to turn to salt pillars ?

Gerry
28 days ago
Reply to  THOMAS

As soon as the American voters are smart enough to get rid of them and I’m afraid that may be never. Stupidity and corruption runs rampant in this country.

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
30 days ago

President Trump didn’t enrage the rioters; they were already enraged by the stolen election. President Trump pumped up peaceful protesters to peacefully protest the election steal and confront the Congress OUTSIDE THE CAPITOL and insist on an investigation.

Sandra Lee Smith
Sandra Lee Smith
30 days ago

The rioters were not “enraged” by the stolen election; if anything they were celebrating that. Rather, they were enraged, if by anything at all, by the fact we caught, and opposed, their theft of it!

Lucille M Lamothe
30 days ago

Miller is a POS. scumbag bought and paid for by the DNC.

Terry
30 days ago

Enraged, doesn’t he enrage the left all the time, just his name enrages them. This is absurd!

Bret
Bret
30 days ago

I guess that no one has heard the news as of late so here goes New Zealand was finally forced to admit that the Coronavirus Pandemic was a Propaganda Campaign in their Country and that no one in New Zealand died of Coronavirus, So the Myth was busted in New Zealand and the government finally held a press briefing and admitted Coronavirus is nothing but a Scam! When is the USA finally going to admit the truth and finally look into Trumps Election FRAUD cases so we can have our honorably elected President back in office????????????

James B Jacobs
James B Jacobs
29 days ago
Reply to  Bret

When? When hell freezes over.

ABU TOM
30 days ago

A COMMUNIST OPERATING UNDER THE COMMUNIST NUT NETWORK.

Disgusted in CA!!!
Disgusted in CA!!!
30 days ago

So – what about the fact that A> the first invaders were ANTIFA/BLM creeps in disguise; B> the “insurrection” was planned by the ANTIFA/BLM at least 2 days ahead of time; and C> the President’s speech was blatantly NOT incendiary, threatening, OR influencing for violence!!! But then – that doesn’t fit into the plan, does it???

madmemere
madmemere
30 days ago

There is little doubt that communist pelosi DID plan this, with the able assistance of her antifa cronies and she probably managed to find ways to reward them handsomely, with lots of $$$ assistance from sorryazz george.

CashGirl
29 days ago

You know the vacuous Democrats/liberals pay no attention to the facts and truth of a matter! All they care about is doing whatever necessary to maintain their control and power over the people and our country, and the wealth it brings them! 🙁

JCE
JCE
30 days ago

Democrats are forever trying to redirect the blame that belongs on them to Republicans and Trump. All of the misdeeds that have happened in the last 4-5 years are on the Democrats. Most of them belong in jail or some other country who will not put up with their trash.

Lisa
Lisa
30 days ago

Miller appears to be another one with no balls just go along to get along, pathetic. If any of these losers ever stand for the truth we would all die from shock.

Mike T
Mike T
30 days ago

Can we please post the timeline of his speech and the breech of the capital building along with the distance people who heard his speech would have had to go to enter the capital building. This might prove or disprove the incitement claimed

madmemere
madmemere
30 days ago
Reply to  Mike T

Read several posts regarding timeline; seems the rioters were at the Capitol about 12:55pm (at least that’s what I recall); President Trump did not finish his speech till approximately 1:15pm, or 1:20pm and it was considered a 45 minute “crisp walk” from the rally to the Capitol. Tp my mind, it was NOT Trump supporters who led this incursion.

enubus18
enubus18
30 days ago

this guy has no idea what he is talking about. The only thing that was enraged was the Democrats and their special ops ANTIFA! Pelosi was responsible for the so-called attack. Pelosi took her playbook from Hitler’s burning of the Reichstag!

Nonips
Nonips
30 days ago

You are a Fing lying garbage just like the democratic communist party they caused that and all know it they paid antifa blm to infiltrate and cause what happened so the entire democratic communist party needs arrested prosecuted the criminal biden his son and the vote whore need arrested as well they are on film nes reels for promoting riots crimes against conservatives and you as well those republicans that didn’t support Trump need prosecuted as well the military needs to uphold their oath and arrest all in this plot to destroy America for a one world order

Mary Purington
Mary Purington
30 days ago

oh please–his speech was anything but enraging–it was Trump for God’s
sake—his arousing speeches have always been to his supporters
never enraging–the democarts are the ones who enrage–hey just take
a breath you moron–Jan 6th was a set up for Trump and his supporters
by Pelosi and General Milley starting back in November!!

Joe
Joe
30 days ago

That’s all bullshit, Trump didn’t insite anything, this was planned way before Trump’s speach. And alot of them yeahoos were a mix of antifa, blm,leader and other radicals, and very few trump people that caused damage. C.wray lied about who it was like he alway, does. U would be hard to find very many white supremist, who’s leg is he trying to pull, They turned a blind eye to all the rioting,burning,murdering,destruction of city after city in different states for 8 months, like it never happened,mostly peaceful,2 billion dollars damage of bussineses,property,lives, and a protest at the capital, which was almost peaceful as they say. Some yahoos give a bad name to many, then the capital police murder a veteran,when they didn’t need to.

Terry
29 days ago
Reply to  Joe

Yep planned by Pelosi, and her cronies

Arkady Milyavsky
Arkady Milyavsky
30 days ago

Lies upon lies. I would ask Miller who has inspired, financed and organized summer riots. And there’s reason he came to CNN. That alone tells me a lot.

Ec Calle
Ec Calle
30 days ago

Piss off Miller. You cheating bastards are who engraved all of us. Rot in hell traitor.

FedUp
FedUp
30 days ago

This Is all BS. The riot started a good 20 minutes before President Trump had even finished speaking, and the ANTIFA crowd had been planning it for weeks on Facebook.

Tony Winters
Tony Winters
30 days ago

They claim that they knew of something that was going to happen and et the National Guard was NOT brought in, the Capitol Police were NOT re-enforced and the bicycle racks that they used as a deterrent were a joke. All of this and Pelosi is the one in charge of the Capitol Police and she could have called the National Guard, but she did nothing, Why? Because she and the rest of the Democrats/Leftists/Liberals/Socialists knew in advance that this was about to go down and they wanted it to happen so that they could blame it on President Trump.

william
30 days ago

BullShit!. Nothing Trump said was xplosive. Read the transcript. I saw clips of Antifa that admitted they were wearing Trump clothing and they were paid to start the riot. Only saw it once. BLM and Antifa were the dominate force in the riot and only ONE gun was found. Hevely armed my Butt.The one fatality was shot by a Capitol Guard.

Omega 2
Omega 2
30 days ago

JANUARY’ 6TH FIASCO IS ALL ” PIGLOSI AND SCHUMER’S FAULT” ALONG WITH THEIR ANTIFA AND BLM MARXIST THUGS! TRUMP HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!

Sandra Lee Smith
Sandra Lee Smith
30 days ago

If Trump “enraged” the rioters, they were definitely leftists, because “rage” is not the definition of what he brought forth among his supporters!

Jojodmonkey
Jojodmonkey
29 days ago

Miller, you are a RINO traitor and a liar! President Trump did nothing to enrage our side, the corrupt satanic Nazi democrats hold 100% of the responsibility for enraging American Patriots with their unprecedented vote fraud and election theft! Their criminal actions are straight out of the third reich playbook!
The really wonderful thing about the corrupt satanic Nazi democrats attack on the capitol is it is exposing all you evil and wicked traitors!

CaptTurbo
29 days ago

What a pant-load! There absolutely was a coup but it was staged by the communist DemRats to steal the election.

vinnie
vinnie
29 days ago

Shredded ballots in Maricopa County in a Dumpster from the 2020 election, just found! Mainstream media CRICKETS! Supreme Court, don’t you want to peek? Isn’t anyone Curious? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

FedUp
FedUp
29 days ago

Pelosi, demon-crats & all the PURE EVIL that follows them HAVE SPOKEN FOR, ENCOURAGED VIOLENCE for the all their careers / lifes. You & your cronies have NEVER SPOKEN AGAINST ANY OF THE PURE EVIL, DESTRUCTION, CORRUPTION, LIES & CHEATING

I never heard or seen any of this filthy violence come from President Trump. I can put my hand on the Bible & stand before God & say this. WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Eugene
Eugene
29 days ago

all lies

Big Rob
29 days ago

This guy is an idiot. Trump did not say anything that any liberal politician had not said in the last 6 months. The riot at the capital was planned by the deep state dems and probably by Satan Perlosi herself. All deep staters need to be taken out.

Rodger Shull
Rodger Shull
29 days ago

Well now we know, he this acting former defense secretary was never more than what he was, ACTING, he is another paid off by the leftist/communist. Another ” GOVERNMENT FAILURE ” , and he like the rest, starting with pelosi,schumer,obama,clinton,and the rest of the demo-communist TRAITORS to the USA, more ” GOVERNMENT FAILURES “

cher
cher
29 days ago

trump did nothing to cause this the demo party did just like they pay BLM and antifa to cause harm on us.

Lorraine E Blazich
29 days ago

The march to the capitol was set up by the democrats three weeks before it happened. The DC police moved antifa and BLM people into the group of patriots and they are the people who stormed the capitol for the democrats controlled press to record. Trump told the patriots to march ‘PEACEFULLY” to the capitol. The problem with the patriots is that some of the not too bright patriots followed antifa and BLM into the capitol.

James
James
29 days ago

FU-K the Democrats i would be ashamed and embarrassed if i was a Democrat they can’t tie there shoes without timing them together and triping.

Rio Sam
Rio Sam
29 days ago

Results of the governments own investigation shows the break in was planned weeks before the 6th.. Frankly I believe what occurred would have happened speech or no speech!! And to call it an insurrection is ridiculous… Not one of them had a gun…. It was an out of control riot that included breaking and entering and vandalism…

Dale Brown
29 days ago

Who encouraged the riots and destruction in Boston and Milwaukee, Trump? Who continues to encourage said riots same destruction, Trump? Do something before you point fingers at anyone. Loyal followers are to blame! American Patriots are too blame! We the people are to blame! Not to mention those who take advantage of events to bring more division and trouble.I blame us all for not sticking to sworn oaths and following our Christian foundation.

Don Obvious
Don Obvious
29 days ago

How to spot those in our government compromised by Communist China; they make up stuff about President Trump consistent with Chinese Propaganda.

Patti
Patti
29 days ago

Pelosi put it all together and blamed trump so she could impeach at least try to!! She and joe need to be put in hospital!!!

Roy
Roy
29 days ago

President’s Trump truthful speech enraged the the crooked politicians on capitol hill. Riots were lead by imposters from BLM and ANTIFA and started before Trump’s speech ended.

GINETTE COHEN
29 days ago

President talked because he was outraged to have his election stolen with multitude frauds put in place by vicious organizers to take the power and give it to their ghost leader inapt to govern but easily manipulated. It is a case against the proprietary owner and the thieves. YES, it is a violation of human rights. Trump was defunding his own rights and ask Justice to defend them. It is treason from the Supreme court to deny the case.

russell
russell
29 days ago

that is bs Trump did not democrats lead by nancy did

HJill
28 days ago

Yes, with the facts coming out that things were placed the day before…(Jan 5), it still is President Trump’s fault because….well just because! That is the stupidity and inaneness of the left. The problem at the Capitol also started about 15 minutes prior, while President Trump was speaking some lengthy distance away…which means that the people who were supporting P. Trump at his rally could not have been at the Capital…..the left just LIES, LIES, LIES!

Gerry
28 days ago

Just another Jeff Dunham puppet mouthpiece spewing garbage. The world knows who provoked the walk through the capitol and it wasn’t Trump.

John Reed
28 days ago

And this guy is suppose to be highly intelligent and we relied on him to get the facts straight. If he’s so smart then he should know that the “riot” started before Trump even finished his speech and the bombs and weapons that were found were planted long before anybody stormed the Capital building. We seem to have an awful lot of so called smart government “leaders”, that are in my opinion, “Intellectual Morons”–Book Smart, but Common Sense stupid!

Robert6391
Robert6391
27 days ago

Now when the former Sec. of Def. does not know that anything you have in your hand is considered armed, and in cases of professional fighters their body, or in the case of Boxers their hands. That does not say much about this person knowledge of the actual laws of this USA. How many times have we seen where the police shot someone armed with a knife and in one case a Baseball Bat.

Lin
Lin
27 days ago

I received a reply email about the Capital riot from Senator Sherrod Brown in which he lied thus “Armed with guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, machetes, crossbows, stun guns, Molotov cocktails and pipe bombs, rioters roamed the halls of the U.S. Capital.” He further claimed “the glaring discrepancy between how law enforcement responded to a group of armed, belligerent white rioters and the responses we’ve seen to peaceful protestors seeking racial justice.” Not only did he lie about the rioters in the Capital being armed he seemed to claim that because only one UNARMED white woman was killed by law enforcement their response to the rioters was racist as compared to OTHER departments response to ‘peaceful protestors.’ This is the kind of propaganda Democrats are presenting to their constituents and media is helping by ignoring the truth.


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