Responding to a reporter at a White House press conference, who asked whether Trump would agree to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election, he replied “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens”, and later, when pressed further, said “(G)et rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very … there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There’ll be a continuation,” additionally saying “the ballots are out of control.”
This remains consistent with his attitude towards the 2016 election. Calls for violence and the spreading of the message of a “rigged election.” Trump also seems to envy the power of dictators in foreign countries. In an interview, Trump describes Putin, a ruthless for-life dictator of Russia, in a favorable light, saying that “He certainly doesn’t want to see turmoil and death. He doesn’t want to see it. He is a good man. He is a very good man and I got to know him very well.”
So we obviously know that Trump is a wanna-be dictator with a personality disorder, but what will actually happen if he goes through with what he is saying? Well, even Republicans are admitting that Trump has crossed the line with this statement. Mitch McConnell wrote on Twitter today, in response to Trump’s statement, that “The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th, There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.”
Mitt Romney also responded to Trump’s declaration of total power by rebuking the president on Twitter, making a comparison to third-world countries and the essential need for democracy.
“Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus, Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”
It seems that the head of the party, Mitch McConnell, and a senator are already shifting uncomfortably in their seats over Trump’s erratic behavior, and will not support a dictator-for-life bid yet. But what will happen if a third of the country believes that one man should be president? And this third of the country is ignorant and nearly half of them own guns? Well, it will probably be Civil War 2.0 on November 3rd, and this country will be thrown into even greater turmoil than it is already in.