He also said that “90% of federal agencies” should be eliminated.
The far-right extremist pushed his theories in a speech earlier this week at a campaign event for Trump-endorsed, QAnon-supporting election denier Mark Finchem, who’s running for Arizona secretary of state.
“Just lock ’em up,” Flynn exclaimed, apparently referring to federal agencies he wants shuttered.
“States’ rights,” he added. “Did you know that a governor can declare war? A governor can declare war. And we’re going to probably see that,” Flynn warned.
At a campaign event for AZ Sect of State candidate Mark Finchem, Michael Flynn says 90% of Fed agencies should be disbanded, and “States rights! Did you know that a Governor can declare war? And we’re going to probably see that.” pic.twitter.com/0fPrhqEN0v
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) September 29, 2022
It wasn’t clear what situations might convince governors to “declare war” in Flynn’s scenario — possibly if they’re unhappy with the result of presidential elections in a democracy. The last time governors tried that, it launched a civil war they didn’t win.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution states that it is Congress that has the power to “declare war,” to “raise and support armies.” For the U.S. to wage war, Congress has to pass a resolution in both chambers, then present it to the president, who shall then direct the military as “commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States,” according to Article II, Section 2.
Flynn left the Trump administration within weeks after he was named national security adviser because of his lies about connections to Russia amid the investigation into Kremlin interference into the 2016 presidential election.
He later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian ties during Trump’s campaign and transition into the White House. He was sentenced to prison, but Trump pardoned him in 2020.
Flynn, who earlier this month claimed “Israelis” are attempting to inject robotics into Americans to turn them into cyborgs, has been appointed a “poll watcher” for midterm elections by the Republican Party in Sarasota, Florida. He’ll be joined by a leader of the local Proud Boys militia, which aims to overthrow the U.S. government. (Flynn last week said he heard salad dressings were being laced with COVID vaccines.)
Critics are furious that Trump pardoned Flynn — and that he continues to collect a military pension while he appears to oppose everything the military is sworn to protect.
Flynn has gone off the deep end.
— MOB=March on Blue🗳 (@MOB_to_POLLS) September 29, 2022
A state is going to declare war against the federal government? Sure, Mike. Good luck with that. 🙄
— Ted (@trom771) September 29, 2022
And this guy is a retired general. How he hasn't been recalled to duty and court-martialed is beyond me.
— Sharon Gibson 🌻🇺🇦🌻 (@SharonGibson3) September 29, 2022
WHEN WILL THEY TAKE HIS MILITARY BENEFITS AWAY AND LET HIM LIVE ON HIS RUSSIAN INCOME ? pic.twitter.com/f5s7YskpXx
— Iveygirl08 (@iveygirl08) September 29, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.