Thursday, October 29, 2020

On November 3rd, what if ...

What if Trump loses? Or even loses in a landslide? Already he is on record refusing to agree to a peaceful transfer of power. What if …?

How Far Might Trump Go?. No one is quite sure. The possibilities are myriad and deeply unsettling.

Credits: Thomas B. Edsall writes in the NY Times. Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality. Thanks to Scriber’s Editor at Large Sherry for this tip. I’m sure that there will be more. I’ll break with my usual format and just advise you to read this one for your selves. Here are two samples.

On election night and the days that follow, the country may be in for a roller-coaster ride, with ups and downs that raise and dash expectations, provoking anger and frustration.

Here is a scenario, sketched out by Edward B. Foley, a professor of constitutional law at Ohio State, "The president might attempt to defy even a landslide in the popular vote in battleground states,” Foley writes …

If Trump were to take advantage of chaos on Election Day and in its aftermath to claim victory, there is the near certain prospect of protests that would make this past summer’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations look mild in comparison.

The Armed Conflict Location Group report warns:

Militia groups and other armed nonstate actors pose a serious threat to the safety and security of American voters. Throughout the summer and leading up to the general election, these groups have become more assertive, with activities ranging from intervening in protests to organizing kidnapping plots targeting elected officials.

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