President Donald Trump on Wednesday fueled growing speculation that he will not peacefully relinquish power in the event of an election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
Questioned by a reporter at a press briefing about the scourge of civil unrest spreading throughout the country, Trump dismissed acknowledging the possibility that he may not win, reverting to his false claims about mail-in ballots.
“We’re going to have to see what happens, you know, but I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. The ballots are a disaster,” Trump replied.
Trump then suggested that votes themselves, ultimately, do not matter to him, and that no matter what happens, he will remain in office.
“Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation,” Trump said. “The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it better than anyone else? The Democrats know it better than anyone else.”
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Trump’s remarks lend credence to two recent disturbing reports in The Atlantic that he and the Republican Party are plotting an Election Day coup that would render democracy inert and leave the Constitution in tatters.
One expert on the Electoral Count Act likened their scheme to a “death asteroid” smashing into the Earth.
“I used to think of this as the death asteroid that would hit planet Earth: very small chance of this happening, but if it did happen, it would be really, really bad,” Ned Foley, the director of election law at Ohio State University, told The Atlantic‘s Edward-Isaac Devere earlier this month. “Normally the asteroids miss planet Earth. Apparently we’ve got an asteroid heading our way for the night of November 2, which I hope is not a bad omen.”
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