I posted a previous debate question about what will happen if Trump just attempts to stay in office. Who would the military obey? I am convinced from that great debate discussion that the military will obey whoever the Supreme Court says is president. So, this is what I think Trump could do if he is clever, immoral, and wants to remain in office.
Suppose, like in 2000 there is some remotely plausible reason to contest the election results in court. In 2000, this is what happened: Gore challenged the election in the Florida court. Florida court ruled in his favor. Then Bush appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Bush. Gore conceded. This all happened by December 13th. Phew. We avoided Civil War.
Now if Trump can come up with a remotely plausible court challenge to any results not in his favor, he could do this:
- Launch an immediate investigation into widespread vote fraud.
- Launch a court challenge in State courts.
Both these two things will just be to keep everyone confused and buy time.
Continue to visciously challenge the election results and stretch out the court challenge and fake investigations as long as possible.
- After losing at the state supreme courts, finally challenge the results to the Supreme Court. But if he is smart, he waits as long as possible before Jan 20th.
- If Trump has Chief Justice Roberts in his pocket (which is a big if), then he wants the Supreme Court to rule in his favor on Jan 19th, 2021, or maybe even the morning of jan 20th. Both presidential campaigns would be planning for a swearing in, but once the ruling happens, Trump does the swearing in as fast as possible. The Biden campaign may say this is all bogus, but guess who gets to choose the king? Again, Chief Justice Roberts- that is who swears in the next president. If Trump gets sworn in by Roberts on Jan 20, 2021, regardless of the mess and bs that take us to that moment, then he will be president.
The key to this strategy is delaying things as much as possible while stirring up doubt, chaos, and confusion. It will also help Trump if he manages to have widespread near civil war in the streets, maybe a sudden international conflict, or domestic attack - all of which Trump and or his craziest supporters could help happen. But these are just distractions.
Ok that’s my theory of how he might do it- in a way that is actually pretty hard to stop. What do you think would stop this from happening? Please be specific in what actual people could do something to prevent this and at what step. Thanks!