Is President Trump – believing that he has little chance to win in November – secretly planning a political coup to steal the election and remain in office, aided by Attorney General William Barr?
Tom Rogers, the founder of CNBC appeared this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” with hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
During the interview, Rogers shared a particular scenario where he believes that Donald Trump, with the aid of Attorney General William Barr, would attempt create a scenario where he would be able to remain as president, even if he is loses in November.
Speaking along with co-author and former Senator Tim Wirth (D-CO), Rogers explained the central point of their piece in Newsweek that proposes: “How Trump Could Lose the Election– and Still Remain President.”
Rogers believes that his scenario is “not far fetched” and he doesn’t envision a scenario where Donald Trump could win the November election. He thinks that Trump himself is coming to terms with the fact he has little chance of winning the election and will do anything to remain in office.
“This is how it happens, Biden wins,” he began.
“I don’t just mean the popular vote, he wins the key swing states, he wins the electoral college. President Trump says there’s been Chinese interference in the election. He’s been talking about Biden’s soft on China — China wanted Biden to win so he says a national emergency; the Chinese have intervened in the election.”
“Why do I think that’s real?” he continued. “Just ten days ago he tweeted, he actually tweeted, ‘rigged 2020 election,’ millions of mail-in ballots will be printed by foreign countries it will be the scandal of our times. so he’s laying the groundwork for this. So he does an investigation and [Attorney General Bill] Barr backs this up with all kinds of legal opinions about emergency powers that the president has.”
“Then what happens is it’s all geared towards December 14th. Why December 14th? Well, that’s the deadline when the electors of the states have to be chosen,” he elaborated. “Why is that key? Because that’s what the Supreme Court used in Bush v. Gore to cut off the Florida counting. They keep this national emergency investigation going through December 14th. Biden, of course, challenges this in the courts and says, ‘hey, we won these states, I want the electors that favored me named. The Supreme Court doesn’t throw the election to the Republicans as it did in 2000, instead it says, ‘look, there’s a deadline here.’ If they can’t be certified in these states because of this investigation going on, there’s a constitutional process for this.”
“What’s the constitutional process? It goes to the House of Representatives,” Roger continued. “Everybody says, ‘that’s good. Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats control the House. No. when a presidential election is thrown into the House of Representatives under the Constitution, it’s state-by-state vote. Each state gets one vote based on the number of Republicans and Democrats in that delegation. Today Republicans control the House on that kind of vote it 26-23 with on delegation, Pennsylvania split. Even if Pennsylvania was to elect a Democratic delegation, come this new election because it’s the new Congress that votes here, it would be 26 to 24 Republicans and Trump retains the presidency.”
He then concluded, “It is not so farfetched — he [Trump] is planning to do this.”