Let’s put it bluntly: There will not be a military coup under the current leadership of our military unless the alternative is a dictator ignoring the Constitution and retaining power after his term of office has ended. Period.
The deal is that our military officers take a oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, and the Constitution makes the President their commander-in-chief. The only way they could possibly justify overthrowing the President would be if, under the Constitution, he were no longer the President anymore because his term of office has expired.
Even there, they would hesitate. They would hesitate because our current top leadership, from General Mattis on down, has studied their history. They know what happens once a military starts overthrowing civilian governments. The end result is invariably either the destruction of the military as future civilian governments purge the military and install their own cronies in order to prevent future coups, which always — always — destroys the effectiveness of the military, or else it is a military dictatorship until the military dictator dies. The end of the military, or the end of democracy. That’s the outcomes 99% of the time. There are exceptions, but they are few.
So to liberals who are hoping for a military dictatorship to overthrow the Orange Racist Russian Stooge: Don’t. Not until he refuses to voluntarily relinquish power at the end of his term. At that point, there are no best options, only bad, and worse. Until then, any military coup could only make a bad situation worse, and that’s the last thing we want to have happen.
– Badtux the Pragmatic Penguin