Americans scoffed at comedian Bill Maher when he first predicted in 2018 that President Donald Trump would refuse to leave office if he failed to win reelection. Now, a constitutional crisis could be coming – one never before faced here.
For the second time Wednesday, the president declined to say he would accept the results of the Nov. 3 election if he loses. He also admitted he wants to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy swiftly to pack the court ahead of any challenge he might seek to pursue if election results don’t go his way.
“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump told reporters during a press conference, again complaining about expanded mail-in voting because of the coronavirus pandemic and saying mailed-in votes should not be counted.
“We want to have — get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very trans- — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly; there’ll be a continuation,” Trump said. “The ballots are out of control. You know it. And you know who knows it better than —”
He then cut off the reporter who challenged his assertion about mail-in voting and pressed on whether there would be a peaceful transfer of power should he lose.
“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court,” Trump told reporters earlier after a meeting with state attorneys general. “And I think it’s very important that we have nine justices.”…Read more>>