Donald Trump’s recent tweet about the two years that were stollen Stalin stolen from him, and should be repaid by extending his term is ominous, if you stop to think about it. One interpretation could be that, if/when he’s voted out of office, he will refuse to leave, because more time in office is owed him. That’s an irrational way of looking at things, by anybody’s yardstick, not to mention a patently undemocratic one, but Nancy Pelosi and others have arrived at the conclusion that Trump’s viewpoint might be exactly that. In a recent interview, Pelosi revealed her fears concerning the 2018 midterms, and how they related to 2020. Washington Post: She shared her then-private concerns in 2018 that Trump would contest the House of Representatives elections: “If we win by four seats, by a thousand votes each, he’s not going to respect the election.” If the battle for the House majority was close, she said she worried: “He would poison the public mind. He would challenge each of the races; he would say you can’t seat these people. We had to win. Imagine if we hadn’t won — oh, don’t even imagine. So, as we go forward, [to 2020] we have to have the same approach.” Pelosi’s not the only one with this viewpoint. Harvard professor of constitutional law, Laurence Tribe, said there was a serious possibility that Trump might attempt to stay in office. Salon: “President Trump has sent troubling signals that he might well contest the results of any presidential election he fails to win — and any House or Senate election his preferred candidate fails to win,” Tribe told Salon by email. “Trump has even retweeted his agreement with the absurd and indeed radically anti-constitutional claim by Jerry Falwell Jr. that Trump’s first two years as president were ‘stolen’ from him by the supposedly illegitimate Mueller probe into Russia’s attack on the 2016 election. The ‘argument,’ though I hesitate to call it that, claims that Trump is ‘owed’ an extra two years as ‘reparations’ for the distraction of the investigations into what went awry in 2016.” Tribe added: “History teaches that would-be dictators should be taken at their word when they declare an intent to remain in power regardless of election results. That’s a strong reason for patriotic citizens of all political persuasions to work toward an electoral landslide that would minimize Trump’s opportunity to cling to power. But nothing could reduce the probability of that abnormal behavior on Trump’s part to zero. If Trump refuses to leave, even judges appointed by him could well align with the legitimate winner’s predictable request for an emergency injunction to pry him from his lair in the White House. If Trump defies judicial orders to give up power — including the nuclear codes — there could well be a military coup, backed by tens of millions of citizens taking to the streets, leading to Trump’s forcible ouster. Failing that, there might be a massive popular uprising, backed by Fox along with the other cable networks and social media platforms, that could well erupt in terrible bloodshed. However, one defines a ‘constitutional crisis’ — a much-overused term — Trump’s refusal to abide by the electoral outcome would certainly qualify as such a crisis.” History professor Allan Lichtman concurred. “I think Trump will do everything he possibly […]
Emmy award winner and White Wizard Kate McKinnon, who apparently can conjure anyone she wants anytime she wants, last night took to SNL’s Weekend update as Robert Mueller, and though Kate/Mueller plays it coy at first, prospects for his investigation...
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