Donald Trump Preposterously Claims Syrian Refugees Could Launch Military Coup


Donald Trump told Fox News’ Eric Bolling on Saturday that bringing Syrian refugees to the U.S. could bring about “one of the great military coups of all time.”

Of course, when you see these words, you immediately think, “What? He thinks our military would overthrow the president because we took in refugees?”

No, he means the refugees would launch the military coup:


“This could be one of the great military coups of all time if they send them to our country — young, strong people and they turn out to be ISIS. Now, probably that won’t happen, but some of them definitely in my opinion will be ISIS.” Bolling helpfully suggested a “Trojan Horse” and Trump liked this so much that he repeated his warning at a stop in Franklin, Tennessee:

“This could be the ultimate Trojan horse. This one could be written about for a long time. They probably think, ‘This is going to be easy. We will send all these ISIS people.’ So a big percentage could be them.”

Right. All they have to do is get into the U.S. military, rise to high enough rank to be in a position to orchestrate a coup, and then carry it out in the face of overwhelming odds. No problem!

And how will there ever be enough of them to accomplish this bizarre plan? Rest assured: Trump will invent any number needed to make it plausible to the conservative echo chamber:

“Obama wants to — listen to this — he wants to take in 200,000,” he added. “You know, 200,000. That’s like an army. Now I’m looking the other day. It’s all men. Like, where are the women? They’re very strong men. Why aren’t they back there fighting for their country?”

At a wild guess, I might say that because on any given day, these people are having bombs dropped on their heads by any of eleven different nations. As Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations tweeted last Wednesday:

200,000, Trump says. A number he invented. Nobody in the administration has talked about 200,000 refugees. Trump won’t say where he got the number. But he needed something army sized, so he said 200,000. After all, the factual 10,000 is hardly threatening, is it? (A senate aid, hardly an unimpeachable source, said the number could go as high as 100,000.)

Just as a sidenote, but a highly relevant one, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh reported last year that the United States had 151,000 troops oversees, “stationed across the globe in nearly 150 countries worldwide.” And obviously, that number is not the sum of our military strength:

[C]onsistent with the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, we are in the process of drawing down Active Army end strength from a wartime high of 570,000 to 490,000—a 14 percent cut—by the end of FY 15. The Army National Guard will reduce from 358,200 to 350,200 and the Army Reserve will remain relatively constant, decreasing from 205,000 to 202,000 Soldiers.

As David Vine wrote recently at The Nation, “Although few know it, the United States garrisons the planet unlike any country in history, and the evidence is on view from Honduras to Oman, Japan to Germany, Singapore to Djibouti.”

While there are no freestanding foreign bases permanently located in the United States, there are now around 800 US bases in foreign countries. Seventy years after World War II and 62 years after the Korean War, there are still 174 US “base sites” in Germany, 113 in Japan, and 83 in South Korea, according to the Pentagon. Hundreds more dot the planet in around 80 countries, including Aruba and Australia, Bahrain and Bulgaria, Colombia, Kenya, and Qatar, among many other places. Although few Americans realize it, the United States likely has more bases in foreign lands than any other people, nation, or empire in history.

But Donald Trump says Syrian refugees will launch one of the greatest military coups in history. Against the most powerful nation on earth.

Not surprisingly then, Trump is all about “Syria for the Syrians,” and “America for Americans” (never mind that Americans are immigrants and refugees or their descendants themselves) calling for a safe-zone in Syria for them. Of course, if there was a safe zone in Syria, they’d stay there, wouldn’t they? Trump, of course, always vague on details, doesn’t say where this safe zone will be, or how it will come about.

And then the petulance sets in:

“If they come in, and if I win, they’re going back. They’re going back,” he announced. “We have to help them in that sense, but we don’t have to help them by taking them into our country.”

He doesn’t say how he is going to help them in their own country. It’s easier to just invent things, and then say them, and get applause from “REAL PEOPLE”:

Last night, Donald Trump retweeted a rather curious tweet:

Apparently, “REAL PEOPLE” like endless servings of bullsh*t, because this is what Donald Trump’s campaign is churning out in record quantities. It is what he served up in his interview with Eric Bolling yesterday.

In this most recent example, he makes up a figure of 200,000, which he then proclaims is an army-sized number, insists they must all be men, and that of course, some of them will be Islamic State fighters trying to infiltrate the United States. It then follows – apparently – that somehow, these Islamic State fighters will join the U.S. military and somehow launch a coup.

I must not be a REAL PERSON. I am just not seeing that invented numbers and what-if’s trump – if you’ll pardon the expression – our shared reality and the world of actual facts. So I will continue to make fun of Donald Trump in the name of our shared reality, because facts do matter.

Of course, if Trump ever admits facts do matter, he will at the same time be admitting that HE does not.

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30 Replies to “Donald Trump Preposterously Claims Syrian Refugees Could Launch Military Coup”

  1. Dumbass repugs buy into Trumpet’s, and his fellow bozos, bullcrap because they are scared of the boogeyman who never seems to show up. They are being played totally. Indoctrinated moron puppets, all of them.

  2. I guess tRump doesn’t realize that the majority of refugees are little children, or he just doesn’t care about getting facts. He’ll say anything to rile up the hateful crazies.

  3. This is not just hot air. It’s dangerous, inflammatory hot air, barely distinguishable from the crematorium-temperature air that ushered in the Third Reich. If there is any sort of violent coup, it won’t be those poor refugees who instigated it.

  4. Donnie Dipstick, and assorted other Republican presidential candidates, get their numbers like the Senator in the Manchurian candidate..

    they just look at the ketchup bottle or any other object with a number on it and spout it out..

  5. The Don is mouthing the words that the script writers at Fox has written. His “meeting” with Ailes was to hit the high points and loosely reherse his talking points. I wonder what the ratings jumps were the last “tiff” he faked with Ailes. Must not have been as much as expected. They kissed and made up a lot quicker than I expected. I figured they would beat and fluff that up like a worn out down pillow for at least 2 weeks.

  6. We get it Donnie Dipstick…you don’t like immigrants. Unless, of course, they weigh 90 lbs. and come with giant, store-bought fun bags.

    Notice how he keeps saying if he “wins”….does he think he’s running for god*amn Miss America or something?

  7. …the Boogie-Man o’ the Republican’t Potty has exactly as much substance as “The Monster in the Closet.” when I was a wee kid…
    {{{The Monster Under the Bed, however, was the cat that thought it owned the place…}}}

  8. “Little children?” I’m certain he was against helping all the kids who came from Central America, through Mexico, to our borders for help, too. Did;t some retags claim the kids were spies and armed and would kill us? The persecution complex of these folks (and the “war on Christians” crew) is getting serious. And no, Donnie, ‘real people’ think you;re crazy, and only being allowed to remain on TV because you have lots of money. I mean, it’s why Roger let you back on Fix, right?

  9. I’m sorry. I must have missed the asterisk in the famous passage from “The New Colossus” on Lady Liberty:
    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free …
    * Unless you happen to be a Muslim … cuz you’re obviously a blood-thirsty terrorist.”

  10. I guess this is what happens when you get all your “intelligence” by watching the shows — like Saturday morning cartoons perhaps.

    The Trumpkin — only in America.

  11. Donald! How could you misspeak so? It would not be a military coup! Keep to the talking points! Terrorism: yes! No coups!

    Thinking further about that, if the Donald became President, could that be considered an act of terrorism?

  12. The kissing & making up was probably pre planned Polly. How do we know what these people do after golf on Saturday. They go get a room at the Chateau, everybody’s sipping Cognac, 20 minutes later someone’s wife is busting a move on the coffee table. Someone else’s wife appears on the same table, then perversions start campaigning. Donald Trump’s BS is better than most of the reality shows on TV. A coup? FOX inspired, maybe? The Republican actors popcorn killers, what a movie, thanks GOP. This is almost better than “Gone With the S**it”. Thanks for the memories by the way, Yvonne. Republicans have made a mockery of our Constitution. Damn you Rancid, little weasel, you’re the producer of these lunatics.

  13. While watching This Week, I didn’t understand what The Don was trying to insinuate when he said that those fleeing were mostly men.

    Instilling fear and inciting the public to take action against these people is what he’s doing. What a hateful, moronic bastard!

  14. There’s power lines being drawn.
    Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.

    It’s still an amazingly applicable song……. Sadly.

  15. Let ’em do it. Let the Republicans nominate Donald Trump. It would be a good thing for Democrats. Hillary Clinton would wipe the floor with that fool so let’s not rush to discourage the Republicans from giving us that opportunity.

  16. Let’s not go overboard. The more nonsense Donald Trump puts before voters, the more likely he is to win the Republican nomination and the more certain it is that the Democrat Hillary Clinton will landslide the GOP in the general election. Let him talk. It’s good for Democrats.

  17. I want someone to ask Donald Trump to explain the meaning of a Trojan horse.
    Please, please, please, please, puh-lease.
    Santa, that’s all I want for Christmas.

  18. The Donald is either too stupid or too insane to ever be our next president! that topee must have stop the blood from going to his brain!

  19. How about “Fantasy is for Right Wingers what reality is for the rest of us actual sentient beings”?

    They seem to believe perception of reality trumps actual reality.

    Trump thinks 10,000 Syrian refugees are gonna do what the entire GOP has been trying to do for 50 years?

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