Republican sources tell the Trump campaign "is discussing contingency plans to bypass election results and appoint loyal electors in battleground states where Republicans hold the legislative majority."
When Trump refuses to concede, the cascading effects could break our fragile transition of power. My new cover story in .
1/9 “Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede.” The worst case is not that Trump rejects the November election results, but that he uses his power to prevent a decisive outcome against him, reports in our latest cover story.
If you're a US citizen and read no other article this month, please read this one. Don't hope for the best. Don't assume things will work out. Don't dismiss it as alarmism. Take the threat of post-election chaos very, very seriously, and plan accordingly.
The chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party is on the record saying he's discussed appointing loyal electors with the Trump campaign: "It is one of the available legal options set forth in the Constitution.”
Here's how it would work, according to a Trump campaign legal adviser:
If the vote is close, Donald Trump could easily throw the election into chaos and subvert the result. This is far more likely, writes , than anyone yet realizes
The ⁦⁦⁩ broke with protocol and published its November cover story early to warn us all of the unprecedented crisis that could occur when trump refuses to concede if he loses! Must read!
🚨 🚨🚨 Big story on a contested election. He has Republicans on record speculating about sending contested electors to DC. But I have ONE criticism: We need to hear from people who are organizing in case this happens! Here's why...
“Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede... this will be the most important fact about the coming Interregnum. It will deform the proceedings from beginning to end. We have not experienced anything like it before.” 🚨’s cover story
Well, I'm just going to stop reading this partway through and come back to it later because it's too much to cope with.
Yesterday: "According to [GOP sources] at the state and national levels, the Trump campaign is discussing contingency plans to bypass election results and appoint loyal electors in battleground states where Republicans hold the legislative majority."
The Trump campaign is discussing plans to bypass election results and appoint loyal electors in battlegrounds where Republicans hold the legislative majority. Trump would ask state legislators to set aside the popular vote and choose electors directly.
This piece is sobering ... but what's most chilling is how casually Republicans, including state legislators, are leaning into the idea of outright stealing an election by ignoring the popular vote and using the Electoral College to keep Trump in power...
‘Scholars, lawyers & political strategists find themselves in the uneasy position of intelligence analysts in the months before 9/11. Their screens are blinking red’ This is long, carefully written & absolutely terrifying
9/9 “Right now, the best we can do is an ad hoc defense of democracy,” he continues. “Take agency. An election cannot be stolen unless the American people, at some level, acquiesce.” Read the full story:
America, this should chill you to the bone
This piece deserves the attention it's getting. Big takeaway: Worry less about Trump losing and refusing to leave; worry more about pre-election suppression and post-election efforts to keep results uncertain even as far as inauguration day.
"Let us not hedge about one thing. Donald Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede. Not under any circumstance." The Atlantic's November cover story, by
Required reading. These scenarios are not just plausible but probable. Watching how effectively this administration & allied voices have created an alternative COVID-denialist reality, one cannot believe shared consensus around November results is likely
This is terrifying. Read about EDO, "Election Day Operations". From:
Never in this country's history have we failed to have a peaceful transition of power from one president to the next. We must do all we can to make sure Trump isn't the first. In this election the future of American democracy is at stake. We must not lose.
Everyone needs to understand this danger, which I’ve been explaining ever since July. We need to take Trump’s threats to destroy democracy seriously and link arms to sweep him and his Senate enablers from power. An unprecedented turnout is the key.
There's going to be an attempted coup, look alive. #TrumpCoupPlot
🚨Trump is scheming to steal another election. sources say the Trump campaign is discussing plans to *bypass election results and appoint loyal electors* in battleground states where Republicans hold the legislative majority. All of us must #VOTE
Turns out to have been the exact right day to post this feature story
👀 “According to sources in the Republican Party at the state & national levels, the Trump campaign is discussing contingency plans to bypass election results & appoint loyal electors in battleground states where Republicans hold the legislative majority.”
I cannot believe that the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party said this on the record. It reveals either the GOP’s brazenness or stupidity. Or both.
This is a great, scary piece that buries the lede significantly: Gellman has swing state Republican officials, named and on the record, saying they will send their own electors to the electoral college if Trump loses in their state
In the Atlantic, lays out the plain reality of what is about to happen in November and beyond -- a red alert for the republic that Big Journalism, still doing business as usual, absolutely refuses to take seriously.
#Presidementia - If you read just one article today, make it this one. Barton Gellman in The Atlantic spells out the strategies Trump's mafia will use to disrupt the election & refuse to concede. This is frightening. Trump is demented, but his mafia isn't.
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People who think we've had "more than 200 years" of free and fair presidential elections really should read more about 1876.
"The worst case...is not that Trump rejects the election outcome," wrote just hours before Trump refused to pledge peaceful transfer of power if he loses. "The worst case is that he uses his power to prevent a decisive outcome against him."
Every American should read ’s cover story. Especially this section:
A warning from : This is how the election could be subverted. Please read this story; it is the definitive accounting of the trouble we're in
Trump's Election Day strategy is not one of someone who thinks he will win. - at #TheAtlanticFest. Read his November cover story here:
One would reasonably describe this brilliant article as fascinating, if what it was describing were not so utterly terrifying.
The Atlantic's November cover: "The Election That Could Break America," by
So I've been giving 's long piece on how Trump could steal the election a close read and there's a major problem with his argument that needs to be pointed out. THREAD
Trump has made it clear that he will contest a Biden win. His allies have already laid the legal groundwork. The law on contested elections is murky or nonexistent. In our new cover story, games out the scenarios. Most end in chaos:
One of the glaringly clear news-you-can-use points in the excellent piece is this: If you can bear the health risks, "think about voting in person after all." And tell everyone you know.
Trump is doing all of the things someone trying to win by non-democratic means would do - casting doubt on voting, delay counting, get his court picks in, contacting state legislatures to suggest overturning results
Everyone worrying about how late they’ll be up on Election Night waiting for results: I did the same until I read this article. Now I know none of us will sleep until January
What If Trump Refuses to Concede? - The Atlantic
The most recent piece in The Atlantic completely confirms everything I've argued in the now famous Revolver News trilogy on the Color Revolution against Trump (recently discussed on Tucker. Read the piece of trash Atlantic piece here if you can stomach
The whole story is worth reading, but especially this paragraph. Full:
Election nightmares. There will be a short period of high-intensity political fighting in a fog of misinformation. In my experience, Rs are more ruthless & effective in those situations. Let's hope it's different this time, as our democracy is on the line.
Democratic values: you don't intentionally suppress the vote to win an election Norms: you don't bring a recording device to a closed door talk
The piece everyone is talking about, including who gave a fabulous talk yesterday. "Let us not hedge about one thing," writes. "Donald Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede."
If you haven’t read this yet, now is the time
“The worst case,” writes, “is not that Trump rejects the election outcome. The worst case is that he uses his power to prevent a decisive outcome against him.”
I've been warning of this for months now, including his using Kushner to begin to lobby the state legislatures to send his slate of electors, no matter what. Damn.
This, in The Atlantic, makes the case strongly.
Can't stop thinking about this Atlantic article today. We're in for some dark, dark times.
Cringeworthy view by : "Donald Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede. Not under any circumstance. If compelled in the end to vacate his office, Trump will insist from exile, as long as he draws breath, that the contest was rigged."
If you're feeling brave today, read this terrifying Atlantic article by Barton Gellman about what could (and probably will) happen post-election.
Trump’s repeatedly predicting fraud have shifted Republican voting plans despite the pandemic. In Georgia, for example, ~60 % of Dems but only 28% Republicans were likely to vote by mail, yielding a vote filter. VOTE EARLY, in person if you can.
Have you read this? And, if so, what do you think?
‘Scholars, lawyers & political strategists find themselves in the uneasy position of intelligence analysts in the months before 9/11. Their screens are blinking red’ This is long, carefully written & absolutely terrifying
Read this article - but not before you go to bed. You won’t be able to sleep. What If Trump Refuses to Concede? - The Atlantic
Woke up, saw and read this article. Terrifying…and completely plausible. Buckle up! —-> “What If Trump Refuses to Concede?” - The Atlantic
This is a good story to read right now
Trump's strategy is to keep people from voting. And if that fails, to keep votes from being counted. And if that fails, the next plan is to keep electors from honoring the vote. We need to vote in such record numbers that it makes this plan untenable.
Must-read: #Trump "cld obstruct a legally unambiguous victory for #Biden in the #ElectoralCollege & then in #Congress. He cld prevent formation of consensus abt whether there is any outcome at all. He cld seize on that un­certainty to hold on to power."
More than any work of journalism I've consumed about the 2020 election, this by conveys my own sense of urgency, and gives proper estimate to the threat before American democracy in the months ahead. As he says, the screens are blinking red.
Yikes. "Let us not hedge about one thing. #DonaldTrump may win or lose, but he will never concede." “But few people have actual answers to what happens if the machinery of democracy is used to prevent a legitimate resolution to the election.”
"Let us not hedge about one thing," writes. "Donald Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede." Who will stop him from throwing the election into chaos? this is a compulsory read: terrifying and completely persuasive.
“The worst case, however, is not that Trump rejects the election outcome. The worst case is that he uses his power to prevent a decisive outcome against him... He could seize on that un­certainty to hold on to power.” Read ⁦
. raises a deeply troubling scenario in which Trump refuses to concede a close race, calls on Republican officials to back him up, and uses the executive machinery to obstruct the anointment of his rival.
This is the definitive story of what could happen if Trump refuses to concede. is giving us an education here (via )
Everything tonight confirms ’s reporting.
The abyss is coming.
So gets some Republican officials to admit they're planning a legal coup
#Presidementia #TrumpBrainDroppings - 09/23 Fake Briefing: 3/4 Trump appointed officials, Barr, & Republicans can ignore the election results & use SCOTUS to prevent "a decisive outcome." Read this article.
This article by was a must read before Trump just refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. What If Trump Refuses to Concede? - The Atlantic
This was a must read article by before Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power tonight. What If Trump Refuses to Concede? - The Atlantic
“We are not prepared for this at all...we talk about it, some worry about it, and we imagine what it would be. But few people have actual answers to what happens if the machinery of democracy is used to prevent a legitimate resolution to the election.” 🇺🇸
Four years ago when this discourse started, I thought it was the first clear sign he'd win.
Madness/2 "President Donald #Trump would not commit to providing a peaceful transition of power after Election Day, lending further fuel to concerns he may not relinquish his office should he lose in Nov." Seemed in line w/ dystopia. MORE
One thing I’m struck by with this piece is the notion that Dems are more likely to vote by mail. But that assumption is based on polls from the summer, before media coverage of the mail slowdown. I wonder if these numbers have shifted
As writes, it was the Ballot Task Force's implicit threat of violence that led to a consent decree restraining the GOP from menacing voters. It expired in 2018--which, Trump's sr. counsel says, means gloves off. 5/5
In 2020, there's every reason to examine worst worst cases, and this paragraph in 's latest piece for sums up one super-dark #Election2020 scenario:
Has everyone read this yet? Everyone certainly should.
The future is unwritten. But the fact that high-level Republicans are willing to talk to a reporter on record about their plan to undermine a presidential election is not encouraging. They are confident that they won’t be held accountable.
What If Trump Refuses to Concede? - The Atlantic
#VoteBlue preferably in person; if not, mail ballot early (and take a picture of it!).
2/ gence of a legally unambiguous victory for Biden in the Electoral College and then in Congress. He could prevent the formation of consensus about whether there is any outcome at all. He could seize on that un­certainty to hold on to power."
Trump could appoint loyal electors in close states to prevent the state going to Biden. "Let us not hedge about one thing," writes. "Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede." Who will stop him from throwing the election into chaos?
Interesting read
Vote in person in November. A vote by mail is kindling for the dumpster fire that will be election night
Two long articles and a medium length article that are all very bad for mental health but very helpful for understanding how dire the situation the US is in + how the election may unfold:
The Election that Could Break America. Could Trump steal the election?
If you want to get really depressed, read this Barton Gellman piece
This is urgent. Trump's team is hiring 50,000 people to be poll watchers this year. SIGN UP TO BE A POLL WATCHER. Go to your local county election office website and find out how to apply. (There will be a lot of bureaucracy. Persist.)
"Donald Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede" Kind of like a crystal ball from , let's get ready, shall we please
Excellent/scary on the complexities of and challenges to democratic legitimacy "Let us not hedge about one thing," writes. "Donald Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede." Who will stop him from throwing the election into chaos?
"The worst case, however, is not that Trump rejects the election outcome. The worst case is that he uses his power to prevent a decisive outcome against him."
It’s looking increasingly likely that Trump will lose the election but attempt to declare victory anyway. Is our democracy going to be able to survive that?
While climate Twitter is figuring out what to make of China's 2060 carbon neutrality pledge, and whether California has the authority to ban internal combustion engines starting 2035, another small story:
This is an absolute must-read article, but I must offer the warning that it is frightening (because it is believable) ...
... answers to what happens if the machinery ... is used to prevent a legitimate resolution to the election" Good grief! Take the time to read this. It's educational. In short, brace yourselves for a "shit-show" of an election.
I challenge you to read this without becoming nauseated
The prospect of US after November is indeed scary. But let’s not forget the work of certain centrist FIRE squad types over the last half decade in illegitimizing collective protests under the guise of “cancel culture”, coddling, etc.
Wow. Scary & possible.
“The worst case, however, is not that Trump rejects the election outcome. The worst case is that he uses his power to prevent a decisive outcome against him.”
Interesting article about how this November's presidential election in the US could play out.
What if you feel like Chicken Little only the sky really is falling?
Electoral disaster porn
🚨 The alarm bells are going off 🚨
Whether or not you agree that DJT is a significant threat to democracy in the USA, this piece makes clear how much the electoral *process* depends on assumptions and conventions we can no longer count on
Well this is a purely terrifying thought experiment by !
If you haven't read the story, I urge you to do so. Note that it's by Barton Gellman, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.
I think it is important that as many people as possible read and ponder this article carefully 1/25
This preview for Trump: Season Two is pretty wild.
"Donald Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede." Who will stop him from throwing the election into chaos? Trump may prevent formation of consensus about the election results-he could seize on that un­certainty to hold on to power
"Let us not hedge about one thing," writes. "Donald Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede." Who will stop him from throwing the election into chaos?
This article takes a chilling deep dive on some of the GOP's efforts on this
From the Atlantic, words I plan to heed:“If you are a voter, think about voting in person after all.” Their long investigative piece on a contested election is frightening, but we can not let it debilitate us. Democracy is still alive in this moment.
One week out. Worth reading this piece again
Correction: he did not "leave the door open" to it, but rather brought up the idea to the Trump campaign! This entire Atlantic piece is a nightmare to read and everyone should nevertheless read it. We are not prepared for the winter that is coming
“If Trump sheds all restraint, and if his Republican allies play the parts he assigns them, he could ... prevent the formation of consensus about whether there is any outcome at all. He could seize on that un­certainty to hold on to power.” Terrifying.
Something far out of the norm is likely to happen
"Let us not hedge about one thing," writes. "Donald Trump may win or lose, but he will never concede." Who will stop him from throwing the election into chaos?
The end of the American Res Publica.
I don’t know what to do with this. I mean I don’t know what, once knowing and accepting this is what is going to happen, to do next.