No, Martial Law Is Not Coming to America

A U.S. Army soldier gives a driver directions at a drive-through coronavirus testing site in Bronx, N.Y., March 30, 2020. (David 'Dee' Delgado/Reuters)
There’s a long history of using the U.S. military to help alleviate domestic crises. It has yet to lead to military dictatorship.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A mid the panic of the COVID-19 pandemic, with large swaths of the country stuck at home, the economy paralyzed, and state elections postponed, Yale University forensic psychologist Bandy Lee ominously suggested on Twitter that President Donald Trump would use the opportunity to “impose martial law.” Newsweek began publishing stories with fear-inducing titles such as “Inside the Military’s Top Secret Plan If Coronavirus Cripples the Government” and “Inside the U.S. Military’s Plans to Stop ‘Civil Disturbances.’” With thousands of members of the National Guard deployed at the state level and U.S. Navy hospital ships entering domestic waters, Vice President Mike Pence


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