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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, July 04, 2020

For Trump, there are two broad pathways to maintaining power. First, we can already see very clearly a strategy designed to suppress voter turnout with the purging of registration rolls of large numbers of mostly urban voters; efforts to suppress mail-in ballots, which are more necessary than ever, given COVID-19; a re-election apparatus that is training 50,000 poll watchers for the purpose of challenging citizens' right to vote on Election Day; and significant efforts to make in-person voting in urban areas as cumbersome as possible in order to have long lines that discourage people from exercising their voting rights. The second pathway to subverting the election is even more ominous"but we must be cognizant of it because Trump is already laying the groundwork for how he can lose the popular vote, and even lose in the key swing states necessary for an Electoral College victory, but still remain president.

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#1 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-07-04 11:02 AM | Reply

Yeah, that won't happen. He loses he is gone. He'll throw a few temper tantrums on the way out but when he is escorted out by the secret service and the DC police on Jan 20th at noon, there isn't a damn thing he can do about it.

#2 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-07-04 12:26 PM | Reply

Or just change the locks on the door.

#3 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2020-07-04 12:49 PM | Reply

I am not so confident. Trump will use any method possible to retain power and REpublicans will follow along like the ass kissing sychophants they are (quote attributed to Gen. Patreaus."
Republicans today aren't even good citizens, they've become Trump sychophants. They will let him do any underhanded, illegal or unethical thing he can to retain power and the Republicans are so distant from Eisenhower they will let him get away with it. Dwight D. Eisenhower would be ashamed of them today. Dwight D. Eisenhower wouldn't spit on Reagan if he was on fire. Neither would I.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2020-07-04 04:52 PM | Reply

What's good for Putin is good for Trump.

#5 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-07-04 05:07 PM | Reply

This article is indeed a work of fiction. The president and vice president's term in office officially expires on January 20, 2021 regardless of the circumstances or any outrageous moves or accusations the president might make during the transition period. There is absolutely no clause or provision in the Constitution for an "extension" or a "hold over."

There are, however, a number of provisions in the Constitution to protect the continuity of government functions including but not limited to deciding upon a pro tem president until all post election disputes are dismissed or resolved.

A pro tem will have all the powers of an elected president, including cabinet appointments, etc. ~~ with the exception of a declaration of war.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-04 08:42 PM | Reply

This article is indeed a work of fiction.
#6 | Posted by Twinpac

Unfortunately everything in the article is spelled out in our Constitution. Even if it were not, the Supremes appointed Bush Jr. President and Rs have a majority on the Court so Trump could get away with just about anything if he wanted to. We only need to look at the recent impeachment to see how Rs think.

#7 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-07-04 09:13 PM | Reply

SOMEBODYELSE

"Unfortunately everything in the article is spelled out in our Constitution."

But not everything.

Th article does not quote the automatic lines of succession in the event election results cannot be determined ~~ for whatever reason, including a president's emergency powers. The founding fathers not only had excellent political foresight but also a good grip on the psychology of departing presidents and their penchant for sour grapes.

I could pull the whole thing out and quote it to you verbatim. But that would be a lot of work and take up a ton of bandwidth. If you really care, you can look it up for yourself. I can just tell you that the Constitution does not leave many stones unturned when it comes to silly troublemakers disrupting the democratic process.

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-04 09:47 PM | Reply

SOMEBODYELSE

Here's a link that will answer a lot of questions:

www.vox.com ~ CAN TRUMP CANCEL THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS.

It's a bit of a read but well worth the time.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-04 10:19 PM | Reply

Oh FFS people!!! Please stop this. He's doesn't possess preternatural skills!!! Focus on the situation and the problem in front of you!!!

The man is old drive him out of office... or vote for someone else to win... and nature will take its course... there isn't enough left of him to qualify as "remains".

#10 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-07-05 08:37 AM | Reply

He's (Trump) doesn't possess preternatural skills!!!

#10 | POSTED BY RIGHTISTRITE

Amen.

Having said that, neither Trump nor Barr behave as if they are ever going anyplace.

The fear is that they will attempt some stunt that, while failing, will hurt the country even more than they've hurt it to date.

#11 | Posted by Zed at 2020-07-05 08:51 AM | Reply

11 - something like trying to coupl on the new incoming administration?

#12 | Posted by homerj at 2020-07-05 09:25 AM | Reply

11 - something like trying to coupl on the new incoming administration?

#12 | Posted by homerj

I'm afraid this is not quite enough English for me.

We worry about what Trump will do because he is a sick bastard.

#13 | Posted by Zed at 2020-07-05 10:10 AM | Reply

ZED

"The fear is that they will attempt some stunt that, while failing, will hurt the country even more than they've hurt it to date."

Hurting the country has been the mission all along hasn't it? And they haven't failed.

I've said all along that Trump intends to burn the house down on his way out, which is exactly what he's doing.

I think a lot rides on what the Supreme Court says about releasing Trump's tax returns.


#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-05 10:52 AM | Reply

Reports are Cheney's old and evil ass wasn't going to leave either until they threatened force was going to be used to remove him.

He decided he'd then leave.

#15 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-07-05 11:53 AM | Reply

Here's a link that will answer a lot of questions:
www.vox.com CAN TRUMP CANCEL THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS.
It's a bit of a read but well worth the time.
#9 | Posted by Twinpac

That is indeed interesting. "Buckle up. This is about to get really deep into the constitutional weeds."

"In the exceedingly unlikely event that the 2020 election is canceled, the result isn't likely to be an extended term for President Trump. The most likely result is chaos."

And as we have seen, Orange Agent doesn't mind a bit of chaos. Sigh.

#16 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-07-05 01:51 PM | Reply

With the exception of maybe Tennessee Trump is poised to lose every state with an electoral college vote of 10 or more.

In other words should Donald Trump attempt to subvert Democracy in America patriotic States will simply put they're soldiers along the border with the treasonous ones and cut them off economically until they adhere 2 American values again.

#17 | Posted by Tor at 2020-07-05 02:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

TOR

Very funny.

Things are settled in courts of law these days, not by militias with muskets.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-05 03:21 PM | Reply

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#4 | Posted by DANNI at 2020-07-04 04:52 PM
Republicans are so distant from Eisenhower they will let him get away with it. Dwight D. Eisenhower would be ashamed of them today.

Very true.

Dwight D. Eisenhower wouldn't spit on Reagan if he was on fire.

Not true at all. Eisenhower was actually a mentor of political novice Reagan, and very much promoted his presidential ambitions, especially after 1964 Goldwater disaster.

www.washingtonexaminer.com - Unearthing the Eisenhower-Reagan Connection

www.washingtontimes.com - Eisenhower's Legacy

Simple search will bring up even more similar references.
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#19 | Posted by CutiePie at 2020-07-05 03:47 PM | Reply

Unfortunately, Trump can't be replaced before January. I fear that he's going to go full scorched-earth if he loses the election. Trump could do a lot of damage between November 4th and January 20th.

OCU

#20 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-07-05 04:56 PM | Reply

The Washington Times and Washington Examiner are righty tighty rags... one is monnie the other loonie... neither are worth the effort to read them... using them as references is well... a waste of bandwidth.

#21 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-07-05 06:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

OCU

"Trump could do a lot of damage between November 4th and January 20th."

He can try but with a new congress sworn in on January 3rd (with a Democrat majority) he's pretty much a Lame Duck with no support, domestic or foreign. Biden's people are well aware of Trump's penchant for chaos so I trust they'll be watching him and his band of miscreants like a hawk.


#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-05 10:47 PM | Reply

OCU

"I fear that he's going to go full scorched-earth if he loses the election."

He's doing it right now.

#23 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-05 10:52 PM | Reply

He can try but with a new congress sworn in on January 3rd

Almost two months following the election...plenty of time.

"I fear that he's going to go full scorched-earth if he loses the election."
He's doing it right now.

#23 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

You lack imagination. His sycophants don't.

#24 | Posted by jpw at 2020-07-06 01:17 AM | Reply

JPW

If Trump's sycophants are dumb enough to follow him off the cliff, I'd say the odds are in my favor.

I see a lot of prognostication here, born of the fear Trump uses to subjugate people into a false impression of his prowess. I'm not buying it. He's the one who is afraid. He's the one sweating bullets. He's the one who is on the precipice of defeat. He is the one who has burned all his bridges behind him. He's the one desperately searching for a Hail Mary.

I don't see anything to fear. What I do see is a scurrilous coward in the face of adversity, just like he's always been. I see the sycophants who afforded him his power slinking off to save themselves. I see the Supreme Court decision to release his tax returns as the nail in Trump's coffin.

It never fails.

#25 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-06 07:50 AM | Reply

JPW

The power behind Trump didn't swing in with him out of love and devotion. They did it because they thought they had something big to gain.

When that goes away, so will they.

#26 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-06 08:43 AM | Reply

To his really hard core 'base', the sin that they will bemoan the longest will be Trump's failure to "Make America White Again".

OCU

#27 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-07-06 11:58 AM | Reply

OCU

Believe me, a month into office they'll be asking Biden "Where are all those jobs you promised?" ~~ LOL

#28 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-06 12:16 PM | Reply

I say it in every one of these articles. When Trump loses and leaves office, will Dems come out and say their fear mongering was wrong? Nope. Because Dems don't like being wrong just as much as Trump. How will Dems be held accountable for their fear mongering once this happens? And I don't mean Trump demands a recount and refuses to believe he lost, because that's becoming a staple in every election everywhere. Trump won't be the first, won't be the last, and will just end up being one of the thousands who have done it before him in the last few decades. I mean when all is said and done, and Biden is officially announced the winner, how are Dems going to apologize to the nation for their hatred and spreading of fear?

#29 | Posted by humtake at 2020-07-06 12:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

how are Dems going to apologize to the nation for their hatred and spreading of fear?
#29 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Not answering for any dems, but their opposition has NOTHING to cry about considering the -------- GW and Cheney put us through for 8 years.

HUMTAKE's memory that short? Pity. Context is important during the run-up to November.

#30 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-07-06 01:01 PM | Reply

HUMTAKE @ #29

"I mean when all is said and done, and Biden is officially announced the winner, how are Dems going to apologize to the nation for their hatred and spreading of fear?"

That's funny. Humtake doesn't get out much does he?

#31 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-07-07 01:52 AM | Reply

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