Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE’s line in a press statement about how if he was going to do a coup it would not be with Gen. Mark MilleyMark MilleyRepublicans would need a promotion to be 'paper tigers' We've left Afghanistan — but its consequences are just starting to arrive Key Iraq War strategist and former Army chief Raymond Odierno dies at 67 MORE has quickly become a viral punchline.
Trump made the remark in a written statement while describing as "ridiculous" suggestions that he might have taken part in a coup after he lost the presidential election — a defeat he has refused to concede.
"So ridiculous! Sorry to inform you, but an Election is my form of 'coup,' and if I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley," Trump said.
Milley is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and was nominated to that role by Trump, who has since turned on him.
An upcoming book by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, "I Alone Can Fix It,” says Milley was concerned about Trump attempting a coup at the end of his presidency. The books says Milley talked to his deputies about the possibility.
"They may try, but they're not going to f------ succeed," Milley told his deputies, according to the book. "You can't do this without the military. You can't do this without the CIA and the FBI. We're the guys with the guns."
Trump’s response to the excerpt has drawn online attention and become the punchline for jokes on Twitter.
"Sometimes when I really want to hurt someone’s feelings I say 'I would never pick you to run my coup,' " Hawaii Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzDemocrats struggle to sell Biden plan amid feuding Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals MORE (D) tweeted.
Sometimes when I really want to hurt someone’s feelings I say “I would never pick you to run my coup.”— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) July 15, 2021
"If I Was Going To Do A Coup" (Regnery), by Donald J. Trump. In bookstores this fall.— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) July 15, 2021
Trump has me thinking. If i was going to do a coup, who would i do it with?— Sam Stein (@samstein) July 15, 2021
Trump has me thinking. If i was going to do a coup, who would i do it with?— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) July 15, 2021
If you were gonna do a coup who would you like to do it with? Quote tweet yours.
1. The Rock
4. Sarah Silverman https://t.co/Gm9er2907A pic.twitter.com/I6Ej5McZIo
Roses are red— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) July 15, 2021
Violets are blue
If I was going to do a coup
I’d do it with you https://t.co/180zKIJEJj
Suggestion for a nice short bio for any folks using dating apps: "If I was going to do a coup, you are the first person I would want to do it with."— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) July 15, 2021
"If I was going to do a coup," a reflective essay— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) July 15, 2021
My Not Planning a Coup T-Shirt, etc etc— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 15, 2021