Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn said during a recent event that state governors can declare war and that “we’ll probably see that.”
Flynn made the remarks at an event for Mark Finchem, a QAnon-affiliated lawmaker and 2020 election denier who is the Republican nominee for Arizona Secretary of State.
Flynn’s speech surfaced a short video this circulated on Twitter on Thursday and has been viewed nearly 500,000 times.
Former federal prosecutor Ron Filipkowski tweeted the clip, writing, “At a campaign rally for AZ Sect of State candidate Mark Finchem, Michael Flynn says 90% of Fed agencies should be disbanded.”
In the video, Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, says, “90 percent of the detachments of whatever, just lock them up.”
“The Rights of States. Did you know that a governor can declare war? A governor can declare war. And we’ll probably see that,” Flynn added.
However, Flynn’s claims about a governor’s powers are false.
“A governor cannot declare war,” Frances Hill, a law professor and distinguished scholar to the dean of the profession at the University of Miami, said in an interview with news week on Thursday, noting that “the sovereign is the federal government.”
“And although different and different interpreters of the Constitution have tried from time to time to argue that States are also sovereign… it’s a different kind of sovereignty. They have sovereignty over certain elements of action in their own state — to declare war on anyone in their own state who is not one of those powers, I might add,” Hill said.
Congress has the power to declare war on the United States
Hill also noted that governors cannot mobilize the National Guard for war. “If the National Guard is going to be deployed in a combat situation, it has to be done by the federal government,” Hill said.
“I just think it’s very dangerous for people to go out … people who still have a voice and who are covered to some extent and make claims like this that are just not true,” the professor added.
news week tried to reach Flynn for comment.
In January, Flynn falsely claimed that COVID-19 was invented by a globalist cabal to help Democrats win the 2020 election.
“They see themselves as ‘this is how we run the world, this is how we control societies, this is how we control humanity,'” Flynn said in an interview with conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones.
“So let’s roll out something called COVID, and they did it, and they did it for a couple of reasons. One of the main reasons was to steal an election,” he added.
https://www.newsweek.com/state-governors-declare-war-mike-flynn-predicts-1747687 Can state governors declare war? Mike Flynn predicts “probably” will happen