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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.”

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.”

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.”

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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.”

You can read more even more frightening scenarios here.

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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