Wednesday, August 3, 2016

What if Trump loses?

He will call Hillary Clinton on election eve, graciously concede, and offer his advice and support to the new Commander in Chief.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Greg Sargent at the Washington Post's Plum Line has the more likely outcome in the alternative reality of narcissism inhabited by Donald Trump.

Trump and his supporters have now said in a series of new public remarks that the outcome of the election is likely to be “rigged.” Yesterday, on the campaign trail, Trump said: “I’m afraid the election’s going to be rigged. I have to be honest.”

Meanwhile, longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone is explicitly encouraging Trump to make this case to his supporters. “I think we have widespread voter fraud, but the first thing that Trump needs to do is begin talking about it constantly,” Stone told a friendly interviewer, adding that Trump should start saying this: “If there’s voter fraud, this election will be illegitimate, the election of the winner will be illegitimate, we will have a constitutional crisis, widespread civil disobedience, and the government will no longer be the government.”

Stone also said: “I think he’s gotta put them on notice that their inauguration will be a rhetorical, and when I mean civil disobedience, not violence, but it will be a bloodbath.”

"Trump should start saying this"? He already is, and has a track record of doing the same thing - calling an election rigged - in 2012.

Remember "lock her up" from the Republican convention? That was just the start.

Now Trump and his top supporters have taken this a step further, explicitly saying that the process by which Clinton will have been elected, should she win, will itself be illegitimate. It is obvious that Trump will only amplify this idea if the polls continue to show that he is probably going to lose, and that Clinton is probably going to prevail.

What Stone is calling for is not just the delegitimizing of Hillary Clinton the president. He is advising Trump to delegitimize the democratic process by which Clinton is elected and in so doing delegitimize our government: "the government will no longer be the government." Even worse, this is an attack on our democratic form of government.

The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Do you have any doubt that Trump and his minions will do this? Keep watch for the next 100 days. This will be a political thriller but it won't be fiction and it won't be funny.

See more about the upcoming assault on America from Trump and his surrogates and supporters in Sargent's column and AZBlueMeanie's post this morning.

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