It’s the question that’s been haunting us for months. Can Trump make DC his forever home?
In July, Fox’s Chris Wallace made his way to the White House to interview Pres. Trump. When Trump wasn’t bragging about acing a “very hard
” cognitive test that asked him to identify an elephant, an alligator and a snake, Wallace asked
if Trump would accept the election results. The President didn’t answer.
Since then, Trump has repeatedly refused
to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. Enough times to make people realize he’s not kidding.
It’s a familiar move from Trump, and a strategy he used against Hillary in 2016. But this year is a little different. A record number of Americans voted early, and Trump is gearing up to use mail-in ballots as the scapegoat for what he calls ‘voter fraud
More motive? Democrats are currently returning 3x
more mail-in ballots than Republicans.
Will Trump challenge the results? Maybe. There are two ways this could go down.
- Trump declares a premature victory and pushes to stop counting mail-in votes. He already tried this one, and was shut down real quick.
- Biden wins the electoral and popular vote. Trump assembles a legal Avenger squad, who march to court and suggest ‘voter fraud’ and ‘illegally counted votes’ were Biden’s superheroes. This wouldn’t be surprising, given Trump said he would “go to the Supreme Court” a few hours ago.
Buuut… it’s not as easy as knocking on the SC’s door and telling them the election wasn’t fair. Trump would have to prove, on a precinct-by-precinct basis, there are enough fraudulent votes to change the election results.
, on the other hand, is underestimating
the level of hissy fit Trump will throw if there’s a Democrat win. He thinks it’s as simple as “escorting him from the White House.”
Has this happened before?
Yep. The 2000 election
between Bush and Gore came down to the vote in Florida, which was too close to call. Gore asked for a manual recount, sparking weeks of litigation. The winner wasn’t confirmed until mid-December, when the Supreme Court stepped in to hand the victory to Bush.
Coincidentally, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett helped Bush’s legal team at the time. They now sit on the Supreme Court and could decide Trump’s fate.
How long would a legal battle take?
We don’t know. But if a lawsuit looms past 20 January, neither Trump nor Biden would be sworn in. According to law, Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, may
assume the presidency. Rest assured, a Pelosi Presidency is super unlikely.
The bottom line. Gear up for a few days of uncertainty. The following week will be a turning point for American courts.