ANALYSIS – Echoing the exact argument I made the day after the Capitol riot, Christopher Miller, the acting defense secretary under President Trump during the January 6 Capitol uprising, told Congress on Wednesday that public “hysteria” over Trump’s plan to use troops to quell the violent riots at the White House in late May, factored into his decisions to deploy the Guard to the Capitol on January 6. This is precisely what I argued on January 7 in my piece ‘Media Furor Over Trump Using Troops at BLM White House Riots Likely Hampered Use of Guard for Capitol.’
This partisan and media-fueled hysteria, and later widespread reckless talk of a potential Trump military coup to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election to keep Trump in office, deterred Miller from sending Guard troops more quickly to support the Capitol Police and DC’s Metropolitan Police on that day.
Miller’s testimony before Congress is the most detailed account of the Pentagon’s actions following accusations that officials were slow to call in the National Guard. He presented himself as a deliberate leader who was determined to limit the military role in any domestic disturbances. Miller said his view was shaped by the vociferous criticism of the aggressive federal law enforcement response by Trump to the BLM-led civil unrest that rocked American cities months earlier, as well as decades-old episodes that ended in violence.
Newsweek wrote that Miller, “fearful of amplifying those suspicions—as well as the chance that a soldier might be provoked into violence in a way that could be perceived as an attack on First Amendment activities—he says he agreed in the days before the insurrection to deploy soldiers only in areas away from the Capitol.”
The magazine added that he told members of the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday that the Defense Department has “an extremely poor record in supporting domestic law enforcement,” including during civil rights and anti-Vietnam War demonstrations in the 1960s and 1970s. Miller added:
And some 51 years ago, on May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops fired at demonstrators at Kent State University and killed four American civilians. I was committed to avoiding repeating these scenarios.
And of significance, contradicting the multiple ‘Fact-Checkers,’ including at the Washington Post, who claimed otherwise, Miller also confirmed that Trump did in fact, suggest sending 10,000 troops to the Capitol ahead of the massive pro-Trump ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies. But those suggestions were never followed. And the establishment media has dutifully ignored this information as much as possible.
However, the Washington Post reported as opaquely as possible that:
In the full written statement Miller submitted to the committee, he detailed multiple conversations with Trump in the days before the riot. Trump, Miller said, indicated that the Pentagon should