“Imagine the damage a president could cause”: What would happen if Trump refused defeat?

US legal scholar Lawrence Douglas has examined how well prepared American political institutions are for a president who doesn't want to go.

After winning the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump did something strange: he challenged his own victory.

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide,” Trump tweeted on 27 November, “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” This was a bizarre thing for a president-elect to claim. There was no evidence that millions of people had voted illegally. 

For Lawrence Douglas, professor of law and social...
source: New Statesman

2020-06-28 01:20
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