In fact, it already is happening. As far back as February 2019, The American Conservative, a maverick Republican-leaning publication founded by Pat Buchanan, warned about the usurpation of power by Donald Trump. His declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the Mexican border that Congress had steadfastly refused to fund, the authors said, was one of the worst executive power abuses in U.S. history, if not the worst, because it was employed to usurp the power of the purse—the most important congressional check on executive overreach.
So, we know that Trump will not shrink from trashing the Constitution to attain whatever political goal he happens to pursue at any given moment. But would he actually go so far as to stage a coup if, as seems increasingly likely, he is voted out of office this fall? New York Times columnist Roger Cohen seems to think so, when he asks his readers the question, “Will he concede if beaten by Joe Biden in November?” Or put another way, can a liar accept a truth incompatible with his devouring ego? Cohen believes that the need to pose these questions reflects the depth of our national nightmare.
Seen in this light, Trump’s baseless allegations of mail voter fraud that earned him the first-ever fake news alerts from Twitter against a sitting head of state assume a more sinister aspect. Maybe this is not just a spoiled kid throwing a temper tantrum against grownups slapping his wrists for his constant lying. Maybe Trump is in fact already preparing his ground for E-Day +1?
What would happen, for instance, if he were to declare another national state of emergency a day after the election because he has “compelling evidence” that the voting was massively flawed because of mail ballot fraud? Whose job would it be to stop him? Or even to force him to actually produce the evidence he claims to have.
Obviously, Congress would need to step in, but given the unwillingness of leading Republicans to stand up to their sad caricature of a President, does anyone really believe they would? Weiterlesen