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Old 03-17-2020, 10:55 AM
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Similar in the sense of not being remotely possible, yes.

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Old 03-17-2020, 12:00 PM
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If there is no Speaker, the next in line is President Pro Tem of the Senate. That would be the longest serving Senator of the party that was in the majority when the presidency is vacated.
The longest-serving majority senator is *usually* elected Pres Pro Tem but that's not required. It's been the practice in my lifetime.

Back to topic. Tramp may issue national declarations of emergency and martial law if he thinks it expedient - I can think of several terrible triggers - but as has been pointed out, he can stay in office by other means. Martial law is just another tool in his kit.
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So does the situation become similar to the case where elections are held and he loses but refuses to leave?
Yes. There is no legal or constitutional basis for him remaining after noon on Jan 20th unless he is duly elected to a second term. He is just a guy who used to be president and the office is vacant until that vacancy is filled in accordance with the law.

What you are describing in both threads is called a coup.
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Old 03-17-2020, 05:59 PM
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...What you are describing in both threads is called a coup.
This may be out of context, but I am reminded of what David Frum wrote two years ago: "If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy."

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