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Secret Service director needs to prepare to remove Trump from office by force: Legal analyst

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On MSNBC Saturday, legal analyst and The Nation writer Elie Mystal warned that the Secret Service should prepare for the possibility they will have to remove President Donald Trump unwillingly from the White House if he loses the election.

“James Murray is the head of the United States Department of Secret Service, and at some point, it is going to be on him to save the republic,” said Mystal.

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“Wait,” said host Jonathan Capehart. “Talk about that more real quick. Why him?”

“Trump is going to lose,” said Mystal. “He will have to be taken away once he loses, and the first person who can do that is the head of the Secret Service. That’s how Trump forces us to think. We have to ask what [Mark] Esper thinks about moving the election. We have to start asking what Chad Wolf, Department of Homeland Stormtroopers, thinks about moving the election. That is where we are. And James Murray, who is Trump’s hand-picked head of the Secret Service … That guy is going to have a role to play before this is all over.”

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Trump’s threats to reject peaceful transition have made America look ‘ridiculous the world over’: historian

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On CNN Saturday, historian Douglas Brinkley warned that President Donald Trump's repeated threats to reject a peaceful transition of power are a national humiliation for America on the world stage.

"I want to point out something that you told The New York Times on the president's election doubts," said anchor Christi Paul. "Your quote is, 'This may be the most damaging thing he's ever done to American democracy.' How so?"

"Because our great export in the United States is our free and fair elections," said Brinkley. "So we tell the rest of the world how to hold them and now here we are in 2020, mayhem about to happen, president of the United States talking about fraudulent ballots, rigged election, I may not leave even if I lose. It makes us look ridiculous the world over. We've lost our franchise on free and fair elections. You almost feel like we need a group of nations to monitor our own election, instead of the other way around."

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DOJ’s rush to publicize discarded ballots story is evidence of pro-Trump election interference: report

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Past and present employees at the Justice Department are questioning the motives of higher-ups who prematurely announced an investigation into discarded ballots in Pennsylvania, only to have to quickly walk back their story as more details become available.

According to a report from the Guardian, federal prosecutors jumped all over a story out of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, that an employee “incorrectly discarded” a handful of ballots in mid-September that led to a meeting between Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr. With the DOJ publically announcing the ballots were for Trump, that allowed to the president to turn it into a campaign issue even though the story fell apart within hours.

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‘Apocalyptic memes’ have pushed Trump supporters to embrace an age-old Messianic conspiracy theory: report

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On Saturday, writing for The New Yorker, Matt Alt explored the ways that the QAnon conspiracy theory — which holds that Trump is trying to bring down a world-spanning Satanic sex trafficking operation by Democrats and the Deep State — is essentially a new version of an age-old paranoid belief system, repackaged for the age of the internet.

"QAnon is a conspiracy theory, but it is many other things as well, by turns an online troll campaign, a Messianic world view, a form of interactive role-playing, and a way to sell T-shirts," wrote Alt. "QAnon sounds like the plot of a Z-grade horror movie, but it is a product of the Internet and, more specifically, of social-media networks."

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