As TDB has been pointing out for some time, once Trump’s bullshit legal pretences are all over he’s going to simply try and steal the election outright by creating so much chaos that State Legislature’s are conned into overturning the results…
With court cases faltering, the Trump campaign has dropped a huge clue as to what their next tactic is to win the election. It’s undemocratic – but entirely legal, writes Benedict Brook.
A tweet from a lawyer representing US President Donald Trump has sparked fears the commander in chief may attempt to cling to power by, essentially, ignoring the tallied election results.
Jenna Ellis, who in the past has called the President an “idiot” and claimed his supporters don’t care about “facts or logic,” is now firmly on team Trump.
Last week, she posted on social media that in Michigan, a state that flipped to the Democrats, the legislature could decide to “select the electors”.
She added it was a “huge win for Trump”.
This would mean Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes assigned according to the wishes of the state’s Republican majority legislature, the equivalent of a state parliament, rather than by voters who, by all accounts, have chosen Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Trump has reportedly invited some Michigan GOP politicians to the White House to discuss exactly this course of action.
Critics have called a strategy to ignore the popular vote in enough states to allow Trump to remain in the White House as a “fever dream”.
A prominent law professor has said it would be nothing more than a “naked power play” and could lead to conflict on the streets.
But the US Constitution, which gifted the country its convoluted election system, is ambiguous on the matter. It certainly seems possible that a state’s politicians could simply brush aside voters’ wishes.
“The President can ask Republican-controlled state legislatures to assign their electoral votes to him,” reported website Slate.
“This manoeuvre would constitute an appalling assault on democracy. But it would be legal.”
…this is why when you combat Trumpers online, the tone is so frantic and frenetic. The very legitimacy of American Democracy is at stake according to these Qanon fanatics, and they have to hype up the threat to justify an extraordinary action to save us from it.
Trump has to sell chaos and a deep state coup is enough hysteria to twist his most bewildered and armed supporters onto the streets demanding State Legislators overturn the result.
To his supporters, the fact his tactic is ‘not illegal’ will look less like a horrific assault on Democracy and more like shrewd strategy by Trump
Trump is going to try and outright steal the election and once that sinks in, all hell is going to break lose.
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