As if the next 40 days weren’t going to be strange and stressful enough, a new report from The Atlantic claims that President Donald Trump may be considering an unprecedented electoral maneuver in the coming months.
The Democrats have been conjuring a wild conspiracy theory that Donald Trump is attempting to remain in power no matter what the results of the November election show. They see his concerns over mail-in voter fraud as a sort of preemptive doubt-casting spiel, and have repeatedly warned that that think Trump is angling for a dictatorship.
Of course, the same preemptive tomfoolery could easily be tossed right back in the Democrats faces, as their “King Trump” conspiracy theory will have many of the more radical members of their party refusing to concede the election to Trump based on these wild beliefs alone.
The latest reporting from The Atlantic will undoubtedly play right into the hands of the Democrats who are relying on this hypothesis to sow doubt on any Trump victory.
President Trump’s campaign is discussing “contingency plans” that would involve bypassing the result of November’s election, reports The Atlantic.
The report delves into possible scenarios if Trump apparently loses the 2020 presidential election but doesn’t concede, noting that although we’re used to electors being selected based on the popular vote, “nothing in the Constitution says it has to be that way.” Citing Republican Party sources, The Atlantic says that Trump’s campaign is “discussing contingency plans to bypass election results and appoint loyal electors in battleground states where Republicans hold the legislative majority.”
So, how would this even be possible?
“Trump would ask state legislators to set aside the popular vote and exercise their power to choose a slate of electors directly,” The Atlantic reports. “The longer Trump succeeds in keeping the vote count in doubt, the more pressure legislators will feel to act before the safe-harbor deadline expires.”
A Trump campaign legal adviser who spoke to The Atlantic said that in this scenario, “the state legislatures will say, ‘All right, we’ve been given this constitutional power. We don’t think the results of our own state are accurate, so here’s our slate of electors that we think properly reflect the results of our state.” Lawrence Tabas, chair of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, also told The Atlantic he has discussed the direct appointment of electors with the Trump campaign, saying, “I’ve mentioned it to them, and I hope they’re thinking about it too.” The Trump campaign said it is “fighting for a free and fair election.”
The reporting plays right into the hands of the Democrats, similarly to another story in The Atlantic alleging that Donald Trump referred to fallen Marines as “losers” and “suckers” during a trip to France years ago. Several members of the President’s inner circle have denied those reports.
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