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Trump can lose the election and still remain president — here’s how

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Taking a cue from testimony from Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen that the president may not relinquish power should he lose the 2020 election, Daniel Block at the Washington Monthly projected several scenarios where Trump would refuse to step down.

As Block noted, Cohen told a congressional panel, “Given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses in 2020, that there will never be a peaceful transition of power.”

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Recalling that Trump has previously claimed that Democrats only win elections because of “millions and millions” of illegal votes, it is likely that the president will claim the election was stolen from him if he is not reelected.

“Now, facing potential legal jeopardy from ongoing investigations into hush-money payments and any number of apparent financial crimes, he might reasonably conclude that staying in office is the only way to avoid being indicted,” Block writes, “So what would it look like if Trump refused to concede?”

According to the author, “The Republican Party has proven more than willing to violate democratic norms where it has local control,” which could lead to them standing by while Trump lingers on.

Among the possible scenarios, he posited, “If Trump lost in a blowout, alleging fraud would accomplish little. Even entrenched autocrats are often forced from office when they are heftily defeated,” however, “Given increasing polarization and the Republican Party’s growing impatience with democratic norms, experts told me the party might challenge even a clear defeat.”

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According to Edward Foley, an elections expert at Ohio State University, “I am worried now, given the reaction to 2018, that you could get a dispute over a five-digit number.”

Block then suggested a frightening scenario where Trump cries fraud — and the GOP stands behind him.

“As soon as the Democrat takes the stage to give her victory speech, he unleashes a barrage of tweets claiming that over 100,000 illegal immigrants voted in Michigan and that Philadelphia kept its polls open for hours later than allowed,” Block speculated. “‘Without PHONY voters, I really won!’ he tweets. ‘This is FRAUD!’ Needless to say, the president does not call to congratulate his opponent. At an afternoon press conference, Trump’s press secretary announces he will not concede.”

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According to Steven Levitsky, a comparative political scientist at Harvard University, “In the best-case scenario, key Republicans would either talk him down or defect from Trump and say, ‘He’s wrong,’’ before adding, “Trump is still far and away the most popular Republican. If Sean Hannity is claiming fraud on television and Rush Limbaugh is claiming fraud and Mitch McConnell is not willing to stand up and say, ‘No, there was no fraud,’ then we could have a real crisis.”

Even more frightening and recalling the election of President George W. Bush, Block suggests a highly partisan Supreme Court backs Trump up.

“The Trump campaign might sue Democratic-leaning counties for alleged ‘irregularities’ and ask that judges toss out their results.” he writes “‘I can imagine the litigation in Pennsylvania taking the form of saying voting booths in Philadelphia were held open an excessively long time, an unlawfully long time, or the vote counters in some Democratic-leaning county unlawfully refused to count late-filed absentee ballots’” Harvard Law’s Mark Tushnet said. Victory for Trump would ‘mean throwing out the ballots and saying that when those are thrown out, Trump gets the state’s electoral votes.’ That, in turn, would allow him to remain president.”

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New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion

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New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.

Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.

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Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."

Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.

Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.

Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.

Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!

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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener

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Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."

"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.

"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.

She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."

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