There is a constitutional crisis in the offing: Be prepared
Why is it such a controversy to report that President Trump seems to be suggesting he won’t accept the results of the November election if he loses?
It’s not like he didn’t do this back in 2016.
Practically everything he said and did in the walkup to November 2016 was about delegitimizing the result in the event that he would lose.
The target is even lower for him for the redux, with the likelihood that we’ll break all existing records in the number of absentee ballots being cast given the ongoing public health situation.
Commentators on the right are feigning disgust at headlines raising issue with what Trump had to say in a Fox News interview over the weekend, but, come on.
Asked by Chris Wallace if he would accept the results of the election if he were to lose, Trump had this to say:
“I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either.”
That’s not “fake news.”
He said the words.
And the issue remains: our system has worked the way it has for the past 230-plus years because, as much as we all disagree on, we also have come to agree on one thing: this America thing is bigger than any one of us.
Is our current president willing to subsume himself to the greater good of the country?
It’s telling that he wouldn’t accede to the point in an interview on what is basically the state TV network right now.
We need to be prepared as if a constitutional crisis is coming this fall, because it does indeed look likely.
Story by Chris Graham