Former national security adviser General Michael Flynn, who was pardoned by President Donald Trump last month, suggested to right-wing broadcaster Newsmax that Trump should use marital law to “rerun” the election in swing states.

Flynn told Newsmax, which has been endorsed by Trump as an alternative to Fox News, that voting machines were hacked to change votes for Trump to votes for Joe Biden, which is a popular conspiracy theory that many conservatives believe explains the loss of Trump to Biden.

“There is no way in the world we are going to be able to move forward as a nation,” Flynn said. “[Trump] could immediately, on his order, seize every single one of these [voting] machines… with the swing states, if he wanted to, he could take military capabilities, and he could place those in states and basically rerun the election in each of these states.”

Flynn has been supportive of using military force to run a second election, and has been tweeting support of a group, “We the People Convention,” and their petition to demand action by Trump.

A National security law expert from Syracuse University, Bill Banks, called the tweet “preposterous,” considering that this election was confirmed to be completed safe and legitimate.

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“Apart from the fact that state and now federal investigators have found no evidence of election fraud that would change the election outcome, martial law has no place in the United States absent a complete breakdown of civil governing mechanisms,” said Banks to the Military Times.

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