Aitch wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:44 pm
Hmmm, how long before he declares martial law, imposes curfews, has the National Guard patrolling the streets, suspends Congress/Elections and so on?
Or tries to, I suspect there would soon be an 'unfortunate accident' on the Whitehouse stairs...
He's already sent the National Guard into Washington DC, and dozens of cities have had curfews (not all - if any? - ordered by Trump himself, it has to be said).
Given that the police are highly militarized and seem to show more loyalty to Trump than to the rule of law, martial law is already partly established. The actual military don't seem to fond of President Bonespurs, though, so I guess they could just drone strike him on a golf course.
My understanding is that, even if he suspends elections, there's no mechanism that would constitutionally allow the continuation of his presidency. But then, people have been saying that the US constitution prevents this or that for the last four years, and they've often been wrong about how things work in practice. If a majority of Republicans choose to support a Trump coup rather than lose an election I'm really not sure where the US would end up.