Trump Cannot Declare Martial Law to Overturn 2020 Election
Whether Trump can overturn the 2020 election by declaring martial law isn’t a valid question. The question should be he will try it and end our democracy by executive fiat.
According to the Washington Post, national security and election law experts are universally saying President Trump cannot declare martial law and legally overturn the 2020 election results, install himself as president for four more years, or in fact for life. Many of the same election law experts are alarmed by the possibility increasing likelihood of his trying.
According to a news story published by Newsweek, ranking officers have discussed what they would do if President Trump declared martial law after filing a series of failed lawsuits after losing the 2020 presidential election and continues to refuse to acknowledge his defeat.
The Newsweek article claims military leaders have discussed their plan of action if POTUS were to declare martial law toward the last days of his term to impose what would amount to a dictatorship.
Rachel Kleinfeld, a national security expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told the Post…
“This is really dangerous stuff to start playing with,” “You cannot normalize extrajudicial action outside the rule of law and believe democracy will hold. Democracies are fragile, even ours.”
“If you have martial law… you have total suspension of the Constitution. So that’s a coup, and a coup in this country is not going to happen.”
According to the Newsweek story, the Pentagon is on red alert, and ranking officers have discussed what they would do if the president decided to declare martial law. One officer anonymously detailed the nature of the planning...
“I’ve been associated with the military for over 40 years, and I’ve never seen the discussions that are being had right now, the need for such discussions.”
Another officer echoed similar sentiments to Newsweek, saying….
“At this point, there’s no telling what the president might do in the next month,” said a former Northern Command (NORTHCOM) commander, who, according to the outlet, is actively advising senior officers.
“Though I’m confident that the uniformed military leadership has their heads screwed on right, the craziness is unprecedented, and the possibilities are endless.”
The rule of law in the United States is in great jeopardy now that Trump has issued several dozen pardons and clemencies to his allies, sycophants, and criminal conspirators, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.
Despite the Supreme Court dismissing Trump’s attempts to overturn the election results in four states, he is still insisting, according to The Grio. …
“It’s not over.”
Trump continues just outright to lie, insisting…
“This wasn’t like a close election. You look at Georgia. We won Georgia big. We won Pennsylvania big. We won Wisconsin big. We won it big.”
If Trump tries to suspend the rule of law and attempts to impose martial law, he and those who conspire to help him will most likely face a historic trial and possible conviction. That conviction could have them face a firing squad for even conspiring to try, even if they fail to get the attempt underway.
Trump is a cornered rat facing complete personal and corporate bankruptcy tanks to dozens of lawsuits awaiting him after his term of office comes to an end.