For weeks now, the American people have been nervous. The 2020 election has been so hotly and bitterly contested, and so dividing, that there’s no telling what We The People could find ourselves faced with come Tuesday night.
On top of this, the media, and even President Trump at times, have been inundating us with “what-ifs” of possible doomsday scenarios, and claims that the whole thing may very well be a sham.
In other words, all of Tuesday will very much be a roll of the dice, and there is still a possibility that the election could be disputed. If they are disputed by President Trump, this could lead to a bit of a constitutional crisis, in which the Commander in Chief simply refuses to leave office.
But, our nation has a plan for this, right?
The answer may be a little more complicated than you think.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley held an off-the-record video call with top generals and network anchors this weekend to tamp down speculation about potential military involvement in the presidential election, two people familiar with the call tell Axios.
Why it matters: The nation’s top military official set up Saturday’s highly unusual call to make clear that the military’s role is apolitical, one of the sources said — and to dispel any notion of a role for the military in adjudicating a disputed election or making any decision around removing a president from the White House.
Milley told the anchors that the U.S. military would have no role whatsoever in a peaceful transfer of power, one source added.
One official told the anchors not to be alarmed if they see images of uniformed National Guard members on Election Day; currently, they are not federalized but serving at the request of governors.
In all likelihood, the task of removing an errant President would fall to the Secret Service, or perhaps the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Capitol.
Let’s hope and pray that it doesn’t come to that.
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