Dr. Fiona Hill cautions all on civil unrest fomented by the outgoing president (a needed repeat from this mid-January, 2021 post)

The following post was written about a week after the insurrection instigated by the former president to try and overturn the results of the 2020 election. Dr. Fiona Hill* spoke on PBS Newshour last night and offered that because the former president is so ego-maniacal, he is very susceptible to manipulation. She also said earlier this week, if Trump were to be reelected, our democracy would be over. The former president responded with his usual name calling defense, which is his way of discounting very credible critics like Hill.

Dr. Fiona Hill is one of the most credible public servants who risked a great deal by testifying of her concerns regarding the coercion of Ukraine to benefit the president.* In an article called “Former Trump official Fiona Hill: ‘President’s actions have put us on the brink of civil war’” by Justine Coleman of The Hill, she cautions of more civil unrest. Here are a few paragraphs along with a link below.

Former Trump National Security Council member Fiona Hill on Monday said that President Trump’s ‘actions have put us on the brink of civil war’ after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol last week.

Hill, who served as the senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, called the Capitol raid a “coup” in a Politico op-ed, saying that a coup does not need to be a ‘sudden, violent seizure of power involving clandestine plots and military takeovers.

‘Trump disguised what he was doing by operating in plain sight, talking openly about his intent,’ she said. ‘He normalized his actions so people would accept them. I’ve been studying authoritarian regimes for three decades, and I know the signs of a coup when I see them.’

The former Trump official said Trump’s efforts to stay in power during his presidency amounted to a ‘self-coup’ that was ultimately unsuccessful. But she noted ‘the bad news is that his supporters still believe the false narrative’ that the president won reelection after he and other Republicans have promoted unfounded claims that widespread voter fraud led to his loss.

Trump has not repudiated it, nor have the House and Senate Republicans who voted against the Electoral College results, she wrote. ‘Millions of people still think the election was stolen. They still support Trump the person, not the Republican Party, and many are prepared to take further action on his behalf.

‘As in the case of other coup attempts, the president’s actions have put us on the brink of civil war,’ Hill continued. ‘Trump did not overturn the election results, but, just as he intended, he disrupted the peaceful democratic transition of executive power.’

Her voice is one of experience and reason. She needs to be listened to by all, but especially Republicans in position of leadership.

Former Trump official Fiona Hill: ‘President’s actions have put us on the brink of civil war’ (msn.com)

*Per Wikpedia, Fiona Hill is a British-American foreign affairs specialist and academic. She is a former official at the U.S. National Security Council specializing in Russian and European affairs. She was a witness in the November 2019 House hearings regarding the impeachment of President Trump. A PhD in history from Harvard University, she is currently a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

22 thoughts on “Dr. Fiona Hill cautions all on civil unrest fomented by the outgoing president (a needed repeat from this mid-January, 2021 post)

  1. The re-election of Trump, if it ever happened, would be on a level of stupidity and mass self-destruction that would put even Brexit in the shade.

    • Clive, too right. I think the former president’s legal troubles will catch up with him before then. Too many people telling the truth under oath. Plus, I think a few more folks are tiring of his toddler-like fit he continues to throw about the election. Keith

      • Clive, to your point, I have long ago stopped asking is this the person you want to throw you hard earned reputation away on? The answer is an obvious yes to too many Republicans. My respect is close to nil for sycophants who continue to rationalize and distract from the former president’s overt deceitful behavior. As Dr. Hill has said, the former president is misleading right in the open. He does not even hide it and it still passes muster with his base. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: I shared with our friend Amanda that the former president is most afraid of a strong woman armed with the facts. He is not very good with anyone armed with facts, but he is very much at a disadvantage with a strong woman. If his base followers buys into his name calling as is their prevalence, please note that Dr. Fiona Hill is very well thought of and her opinion matters. Yet, based on what I read in an Iowa Republican voter poll, a woman noted that “Trump sounded like an idiot” during the pandemic, but she will still vote for him, so maybe opinions like Hill just do not matter.. Of course, this woman is not aware of the many other times Trump sounded less than knowledgeable.

  3. As I watched the insurrection in real time, it was plain and simple…a Coup!
    trump is a 10 year old school yard bully.
    Most of the republican party is mentally disabled.
    Today the party’s only hope, as seen by me & some others, is Liz Cheney.
    She’s got a bulldozer of true Republicans & a lot of money behind her.
    I identify as a Democrat, but I would vote for her to break a link in trump’s chain of fools.

    • Resa, so true, but you may have not given Trump the correct age he emulates. I equate his actions to those of a toddler. Close your eyes and picture a toddler’s voice saying “I didn’t lose. I won by a lot.” Keith

      • Resa, when I first made child-like references I started with teens, then middle schoolers, then second graders, then toddlers. It still amazes me how overt his tantrum like behavior is and yet his followers do not seem to care. That shows the hold he has over his base, which is both scary (to non-followers) and insulting (to them). Keith

  4. Note to Readers: Two things we can do is share Dr. Hill’s words and when some folks parrot a Trumpism name call, defend her. “Have you ever heard Dr. Hill speak?” you might ask. “Her credibility and concern for this country are quite genuine” you could add. Keith

  5. The chilling words are ‘civil war’.
    This does not mean always conventional armies marching this way and that.
    Civil War is a mix of persecution of minorities, bloody spats between groups trying to dignify themselves with titles, acts of terrorism, populations fleeing.
    It can also mean very low level but persistent terrorism and urban violence. All would do well to read of the history of Ulster, shorn of Irish Republican romanticism and St Patrick Day’s posturing, because there lies the parallel threat.

    • Roger, thanks for the historical perspective. You are right about it happening without a shot by most. These governors like Abbot and DeSantis are rebel rousers seizing on a populous stirred up further by the deceitful and seditious acting former president. Keith

      • Historians of later ages will be asking the obvious question why were none of them taken to legal or constitutional task on the grounds of sedition.
        And then as historians do, explain why and it will make ugly reading.

      • Roger, it will indeed. The words “disinformation” and “misinformation” will be used to define the modus operandi of the former president. Keith

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