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It’s too early to celebrate, back-to-brunch Democrats.

Liberal voters are counting President-elect Joe Biden’s corporatist Cabinet picks. But we still don’t know for sure that President Donald Trump will let them hatch. There’s still a significant chance — I would put it at 50-50 — that the “outgoing” president will engineer a coup d’etat in order to remain in power.

Democratic-aligned media outlets are promulgating wishful thinking. They’re crowing about a routine, peaceful transfer of power. They’re making fun of the Trump campaign’s losses in court challenges to the election results and making light of the president’s hope that faithless electors will trigger the 12th Amendment scenario by causing Biden to fall short of 270 electoral votes. The mainstream pundit class points to the bureaucracy’s granting of access to Biden’s transition team and to excerpts from a recent Trump interview as evidence that he has accepted defeat. (In fact, Trump said that if the Electoral College votes for Biden, it will have “made a mistake, ’cause this election was a fraud.”)

But they are ignoring human motivation.

Trump has every reason to use radical means to remain president, democracy and constitution be damned. If he leaves the White House on Jan. 20, the former president loses executive immunity and becomes exposed to an array of fraud and corruption charges related to his businesses. The New York state charges are the most hazardous. He could well be convicted and sent to prison on them. Even if Biden were to issue a presidential pardon, a law specifically directed at Trump ensures that a federal pardon would not apply to New York’s state convictions. Trump is an old man, hardly in good health. He could spend the rest of his life in prison — unless he declares martial law and becomes America’s first dictator.

Cynics, a group I usually identify with, believe that wealthy and powerful white guys such as Trump are never held accountable for their crimes, much less go to prison. For Trump, that has been the case so far. But there have been exceptions. As happened to Martin Shkreli, Bernie Madoff and Jeffrey Epstein, everything indicates that Trump’s white privilege card has been revoked. The ruling classes are dying to see Trump humiliated, perp-walked and mug-shot in a jumpsuit that matches his skin tone. The neoliberals never considered the master of crass to be one of their own. Now he is a full-fledged class traitor, our Huey Long. Populist and verbally skeptical of the militarism and job-exporting free trade agreements that line the capitalists’ Cayman accounts, Trump has proven that a sizable portion of the American public — on the right, no less! — agrees with him. The elites despise him for this. They will not save him.

Trump’s lawsuits will fail. (He knows.) The Electoral College will elect Biden.

Trump will then have five weeks to decide what to do. Await his fate at Mar-a-Lago? Trump isn’t passive, especially when he fears he’s going to lose. Fly to exile in Israel or Saudi Arabia? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is too beholden to the U.S. to risk offending an incoming Biden administration; Saudi Arabia is one of the most unpleasant places on Earth.

Trump’s coup calculus is simple: What’s the worst-case scenario if he fails? Arrest and prison? He’ll be no worse off than if he didn’t try.

Trump has two major advantages that the usual coup plotter doesn’t. First is incumbency: He has his hands on the levers of power. He’s not looking to change anything; he’s trying to keep things the way they are. Second, he doesn’t have the support of the military — but he doesn’t need it. His would be a “police coup” carried out by the numerous local police departments whose unions endorsed him for reelection, alongside federalized state police and deputized paramilitary MAGA goons.

Leaders of the armed forces, the only institution that could stop Trump, would face an awful choice. If they were to remove the civilian head of government, even a rogue, they would be carrying out a military coup. They would have to shoot at local police, many of whom are veterans. If the army were to stand down, it would be tacitly endorsing Trump’s police coup. My experience is when people face two bad choices, they do nothing — which is why I don’t think Trump has to worry about the military.

History tells us how such a coup would go down. Newspapers would disappear; radio would go silent; television would go dark; the internet would be turned off. Police checkpoints would spring up on city streets and along highways. After a short time, perhaps a few days, the president would inform us that it’s all for our own good, that he’s trying to protect America and democracy and everything beautiful, and that a state of emergency is necessary to preserve law and order. There would be curfews, martial law, a ban on political protests and gatherings. Communications would resume in a limited fashion. Even news media outlets that used to be critical of Trump would sing his praises.

In most other countries, a coup leader like Trump would face dogged resistance. But that usually requires socialists and communists; only a disciplined Marxist movement stands a chance at destabilizing an authoritarian regime. Fortunately for Trump, a century of ruthless oppression and right-wing propaganda has eliminated the actual left.

ORDER IT NOW

Trump set the stage for a coup by moving loyalists into key positions. After the election, he fired the secretary of defense, a man notable because he refused to send the military to fight protesters on American streets, and replaced him with a toady. The undersecretary of defense for intelligence also got the axe. He did the same to the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security. The directors of the CIA and FBI reportedly have targets on their backs as well. Wishful-thinking Democrats speculate that the firings are mere retribution by a spiteful Trump. If so, it’s interesting that Trump’s revenge is limited to key national security figures. Didn’t anyone in the Department of Agriculture ever piss him off?

“When you surround an army, leave an outlet free,” counsels Sun Tzu. “Do not press a desperate foe too hard.” The powers that be are ignoring this advice. If they were wise, they would approach Trump with a deal: Go quietly and return to your real estate business and you won’t be prosecuted. No more rallies. No more political campaigns.

Instead, they have turned him into a cornered rat. Because the authorities are hell-bent on humiliating and destroying a sitting president, the American republic is about to go through one of its most dangerous months in history.

Trump might resign himself to months and years of court hearings, trials, prison for him and his family. But I wouldn’t count on it.

 
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  1. Guys like you use the word “populist” as though it were the plague, rather than the actual voice of the people.

    • Agree: Sebastian Max
  2. @ThreeCranes

    Any hint of a populist revolution worries him as it could make it harder to sell establishment friendly cartoons.

    • Agree: Verymuchalive
    • LOL: BuelahMan
  3. only a disciplined Marxist movement stands a chance at destabilizing an authoritarian regime.

    A Marxist movement IS the authoritarian regime.

    • Agree: Biff
  4. lloyd says: • Website

    His enemies have cornered Trump as Julius Casear was cornered by his Republican enemies before he crossed the Rubicon. Defunding and demonising the police has a parallel with the Senate refusal to give land to the veterans of the Gallic wars. Both Julius Caesar and Trump were nostalgic for the old Republic and viewed themselves in that tradition. Caesar as the successor of Marius and Trump as the successor of Andrew Jackson. Instead they have been daily despicably insulted by their enemies who refused to give them the minimum respect they both craved. When Caesar crossed the Rubicon, he threw aside all scruples and the Italian vulgar classes (the deplorables) worshipped him as almost a God. Biden is the sick and defeatist, now literally a lame, Pompey.

  5. Thomasina says:

    “There’s still a significant chance — I would put it at 50-50 — that the “outgoing” president will engineer a coup d’etat in order to remain in power.”

    I think you’re coup-coup.

    Hasn’t an attempted coup d’etat been carried out against Trump for the entirety of his presidency? Spying on him, Russian collusion hoax, impeachment, and now we’re seeing how the election was rigged against him. And you’re worried about Trump?

    Many people are guilty of sedition, and I hope they see heavy jail time.

  6. No says:

    Lol…BiBi beholden to Biden. Israel beholden to the US.

    It truly is Clown World.

  7. It’s good to see a leftist like Ted Rall being so thoughtful, as is also former Obama voter James Howard Kunstler, regarding Trump

    Accepting and understanding both how the Deep State has felt threatened by him, and some of the roots of Trump’s great popularity

    There is still massive incentive to give Trump a ‘deal’ … after all, the Biden family needs a ‘deal’ too, and the machine will run more smoothly if Bidens and others can see that Trump was ‘indulged’

    Re exile for Trump, the best place might be in Belarus with Lukashenko
    – Both are targets of George Soros hate
    – Both are covid sceptics, no lockdown in Belarus
    – Nice place to live
    – Comfortable for Melania and Barron with the Slavic language and culture, easily picked up given their native Slovenian
    – Implicitly under Putin’s protection without being directly inside Russia
    – Lukashenko and Trump both enjoy gold-trimmed furnishings

  8. lloyd says: • Website

    If I want to keep my reputation as “an amusing lunatic”, America could split between Red and Blue. The Red factions led by Trump, the blue factions led by ex Southern Governor and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. Trump the trumpet of Revelation. His original German name literally means trumpet. Ray Mabus, the Mabus of Nostradamus.

  9. BuelahMan says:

    Is this guy even paying attention?

    I despise all Party candidates, but it is glaringly obvious that election fraud has occurred. But to Rall, it seems that he believes we NEED a marxist revolt to get rid of Trump, someone he thinks is going to fight the system.

    Either of two things are about to happen:

    1) Trump’s fight finds obvious election manipulation and this goes to the Supreme Court (perhaps ending with Trump’s second term and a rebellion by Marxists)

    2) Trump and team are milking this for donations so that the candidacy is not paid by personal funds and loans are repaid via Drumpfter money.

  10. @lloyd

    I think the Caesar-Trump analogy is rather overplayed. Trump may ( or may not ) have nostalgia for the Old Republic, but Caesar certainly didn’t. He was, after all, Dictator-for-Life when he was assassinated in 43 BC. Not very Old Republic.
    Comparing Pompey to Biden is an insult to Pompey. Pompey had been killed in 48BC, so wasn’t around when Caesar got himself made Dictator. Pompey was a very capable man, who was bested by someone even more capable ( Caesar ). Both were shortly to be overshadowed by Augustus, perhaps the Greatest of the Romans – the actual inventor of the Roman Empire.
    By contrast, Biden was always a political hack. Now he’s an impaired, probably senile political hack. He’s heavily dependent on his wife and others. If you want an an analogy, think of the incapable mediaeval or oriental kings, whose advisors made the decisions. Think Fyodr I of Russia, but without his good nature or Boris Godunov to advise him. His death led to the Time of Troubles, which is precisely what America will get with Biden.

  11. Piglet says:

    There will be no coup. Trump will do nothing more than tweet on Twitter. This is going to be rather anti-clamatic.

    • Agree: Ugetit
  12. @ThreeCranes

    i wish him a very rude awakening.

  13. I can only speculate that Ted Rall is in the last throes of Trump Derangement Syndrome. His bag of Evil Trump conspiracy theories are all the more intriguing since these are some of the same ones used on Bush in his last months in office with some new ones thrown in along with some new plot twists to boot.

    Like any good comrade Ted is willfully blind to the massive election fraud that even someone not so wrapped up in deposing Trump could see.

    According to Ted Trump “loses executive immunity and becomes exposed to an array of fraud and corruption charges related to his businesses.” Of course, no need to look any further since Hillary, Biden, Hunter and the Democrats are as pure as driven snow.

    I guess it never occurred to Ted the reason he replaced the people in his cabinet was to keep the Democrats and Republicans from attempting a last minute coup against Trump. It’s pretty obvious, to me anyway, the Republicans are in on trying to oust Trump from office just as much or even more than the Democrats. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the Republicans were behind all the vote irregularities and are just using the Democrats as cover. Has anyone actually seen a high level Republican come out supporting President Trump in the last few weeks? The silence is deafening.

    I would like to be there when Ted Rall’s head explodes when the election is thrown to Congress and vote comes down in favor of President Trump. Not, that I expect the Republicans to do what’s right or in the interests of the country.

    But, of course no word on how Trump plans to deputize all the millions of MAGA mad hatters to enforce his will. But, like my college graduation I guess all the deputizations will all be conferred in place. No need to walk up on stage to collect your badge and documents authorizing you to oppress Democrats/Socialists/Communists/LGTB fellow travelers all across the tooty-fruity plane. Just head out with your scary black “assault weapon” and start shootin’ up the place.

    I hope it all comes true for your sake Ted. That way you can be back here and tell everyone “I told you so” and actually be right for the first and only time in your life.

    I have to give Ted kudos though. At least he didn’t stoop so low as to call all Trump supporters “Deplorables” or “Nazis”. Bravo, Ted, bravo.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Hillaire
  14. eD says:

    First, a general comment.

    My guess is that it would be the globalists to be the first side to abandon any pretense of following the law and/ or resorting to violence. Remember, they showed form this year with the COVID lockdowns (which were quite illegal, though the judges have only just started to weigh in) and “peaceful protests”. But I think the scheme has been for Trump to prevail at the Supreme Court, with the election fraud being too obvious to ignore being a feature of the scheme, followed by more “peaceful protests”, the removal of Trump by force, and a new regime that goes ahead and resets the constitution. This actually has been the template followed by other color revolutions.

    If the election fraud is not countered by a Supreme Court ruling or legislative action (either legislature substituting their own slates, or more likely, a challenge to the results in Congress in January), then the best counter from the nationalist side would be for Trump to leave office, and go into exile if needed. My destination would be Brazil or Mexico, the presidents in both countries are sympathetic to Trump and they have served as places of exile for factions defeated in power struggles in the past. The idea of Trump running again and winning in 2024 is a fantasy. Trump would be way too old, arguably he was too old this year, and the election would just be stolen again. But a high profile Trump supporter could be the new standard bearer, and the nationalists could continue to highlight the corruption and incompetence of the regime, and put some muscle behind it such as a trucker’s strike. Plus the regime would try to act against the few opposed state governments, like Florida, and would eventually have to try to set aside the constitutional order.

    There is an advantage in power struggles to hold on to legitimacy as long as possible, taking tactical defeats if needed. I think Rall is correct that the federal military will remain neutral as long as possible, and if it does take a side, it will be the side with more legitimacy. The weakness of the globalists is that they can’t resort to force without losing legitimacy. The nationalists have the option of going the route of strikes and civil disobedience because deplorables are over-represented in key economic sectors.

    • Agree: nosquat loquat
    • Replies: @Nisbe
  15. eD says:

    “making light of the president’s hope that faithless electors will trigger the 12th Amendment scenario by causing Biden to fall short of 270 electoral votes.”

    This is the nitpicking comment, but its an important nitpick. The process of electing an American president is opaque and many intelligent commentators get it completely wrong.

    How the Electoral College operates is laid out in Article 2, Section 2, as well as the 12th, 20th, and 25th amendments, but mainly the 12th. The 270 electoral votes figure appears nowhere in the constitution. The Electoral College elects a president, and vice president, with a majority of the electors that are voting. Since the 1960s, getting 270 electors provides a majority, but if fewer electors vote, because they are from states that could not successfully get them certified, the figure is a majority of the remaining electors. In 1864 and 1868, not all the states were able to certify their slates of electors.

    As long as a candidate wins a majority of the electors voting, there is no House of Representatives vote. After the passage of the 12th Amendment, the House of Representatives only occurred once, in 1824, when the two party system was not yet in place, and their were four candidates, only one of which had national support. Attempts in subsequent elections to force a House vote by running regional candidates, by the Dixiecrats, failed. The two party system makes a House vote effectively impossible, and this scenario will play out through decertification of slates of electors from states where there was too much fraud to legally seat the electors. Note that this can be done by Congress itself in January, so the Supreme Court weighing in would be helpful for whichever faction they side with, but not definitive. The globalists/ Democrats will keep fighting even if the Supreme Court goes against them, the GOP will try to get Trump to fold but may not succeed.

    The six disputed states have a combined 79 electors. If all six were decertified, there would be 459 electors, not 538, and 230 electors would elect the president. Of the remaining 459, there are 232 Trump and 227 Biden electors. I am assuming that no state legislatures will try to send in their own slates of electors, but just let the media proclaimed results go through, which I think is the likeliest scenario. In this scenario, faithless electors could well come into play. Biden would win the Electoral College vote if he just gets one of the disputed state’s electors through, and he would win by producing just four faithless Trump electors. The election would go to the House if a state legislature names a slate of electors successfully that votes for neither Trump or Biden, or at least three faithless electors in this scenario vote for neither candidate. This would produce a House vote and the possibility of the election of someone who was not a candidate in the election. Its just not a likely scenario, and the initial maneuvering will still be over decertification.

    Incidentally, a Biden withdrawal for health reasons before December 14th would enable the Democratic electors to vote in anyone who meets the legal qualifications to hold the office, not just Harris, though the Democrats will probably want to avoid that scenario due to the difficulty of getting all their electors to vote for the same candidate.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Jim Christian
  16. @BuelahMan

    3) Or, this whole thing is contrived by both parties and the evil globalist banker elites that want war with Iran to cover up the coming implosion of the world economic system. When Trump is awarded his second term and the MAGA mad hatters are overjoyed and dancing in the streets they’ll have no choice but to follow Trump to war with Iran. He is their man after all. They’ve spent so much time and effort making sure he was re-elected there is no way they can now turn around and defy him in making war on Iran for his masters in Israel. Of course, events will happen that will make it look as if Iran is at fault. And, Trump can say he didn’t want the war but what choice does he have now.

    Why do I feel like this whole thing is being managed from afar and not for our best interests. It seems to me everything is leading up to another mid-east war.

    • Replies: @Nisbe
  17. Except the coup already took place in the form of highly organized election fraud.

    • Agree: nosquat loquat
  18. There’s still a significant chance — I would put it at 50-50 — that the “outgoing” president will engineer a coup d’etat in order to remain in power.

    For someone to write that? The delusion is so strong in that individual that it makes it impossible to read further anything that he says.

    That would imply that this delusional writer has ignored the enormous wall of evidence of every kind (eye witness, statistical, computer-based, laws enacted that are illegal, enormous amounts of money from Swiss banks to ballot counting companies, dead people, people living in vacant lots, ballots put into counters multiple times, mail ins without folds, mail ins with machine printed fill ins, mail-ins with no down ballot fill-ins, batches of ballots with almost all Biden no Trump (an impossibility)) that show rampant and enormous fraud.

    The delusion person that wrote those words above would have to be completely out of touch with the American electoral process, with fairness, with any ounce of logic, decency, fairness, justice.

    The writer of this article would have to have suspended almost if not all of his humanity. The person that wrote this article is the opposite of good. He does not believe in the American system.

  19. If Trump gets away with a police coup as you suggest that he will somehow manage to pull off, and lives to tell about it for more than a week, and so do the police that collaborated with him on it, then everyone can be damn sure once and for all that he also is supported by the intelligence agencies, the military and military contractors, and Wall Street, and why wouldn’t he be supported by them after the largest spending spree handing everything in the world over to them on silver platters? Trump spends like a drunken sailor on those institutions, and is literally perfectly content to starve individuals to death, including children. He frankly does not give a damn if they are thrown into the steeets in the dead of winter after he permitted their lives being completely destroyed by 14th amendment rights violations of states and local governments in the lock downs based on financial and scientific fraud. Trump prefered presiding over the worst economic catastrophy in world history, and it is far worse than the Great Depression. It is the Great Depression on steroids, with a raging bull market and corrupt incompetent finacial, tech, university, medical, state and local governments, and corporate institutions being kept on undeserving life support being fed the assets of individuals that are their victims, and then the individuals are thrown into the streets. This was a coup led by the incompetent, the corrupt, the lazy, and the self-entitled. It was a coup led by parasites seeking hosts to keep them alive and it was all based on lies, and Trump would prefer that for America, rather than to have left office because an incumbent presiding over a recession historically stands no chance of being re-elected, which everyone who knows the most basic thing about the politics of presidential elections knows to be the rule of politics. That is what a diabolically evil monster Trump is, who I confess that I voted for in 2016, but did not do the second time around as a result of his extremely long list of betrayals, terror, high crimes, treason,  and corruption. 

    Andrea Iravani

  20. @restless94110

    And, why would you wait until the very last second to attempt a palace coup?

    Anyway, if Trump was trying to run a coup you’d think he would have made sure he won the Nov election and run his own counter vote count increase.

    And, for all we know he was and that’s why the vote counting was stopped in the battleground states in the wee hours of the morning so that the Democrats could pad the vote count in Biden’s favor.

    I say give it to the Democrats so they can have back to back palace coups. You know once Biden is sworn into office they’ll have to find a way to remove him to put in place Willie Brown’s consort as #1 Puppet of the global elites.

    It’ll be interesting to see how many fall into line and accept the outcome the global corporate elites have in store for us.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  21. @No Friend Of The Devil

    Wow you really outdid Ted Rall in deranged demagoguery.

    Even Biden in his diminished capacity makes more sense than you.

    I don’t know where to start in picking apart your unhinged lunacy so I guess I’ll move on to better things.

  22. @My SIMPLE Pseudonymic Handle

    Anyway, if Trump was trying to run a coup you’d think he would have made sure he won the Nov election and run his own counter vote count increase.

    And, for all we know he was and that’s why the vote counting was stopped in the battleground states in the wee hours of the morning so that the Democrats could pad the vote count in Biden’s favor.

    I am not following your logic here. You are saying that for all we know? Trump was running his own counter vote increase? And that is why he was winning by hundreds of thousands of votes so “they” stopped the vote count? Dude. Come on, man.

    I say give it to the Democrats so they can have back to back palace coups. You know once Biden is sworn into office they’ll have to find a way to remove him to put in place Willie Brown’s consort as #1 Puppet of the global elites.

    I agree. If the Dems succeed in their insane fraud? They lose. Let it happen. They will completely fuck America. And I want to see all those celebrities, fake fools, and even ordinary useful idiots watch as America disintegrates under Biden/Harris. I have a full tub of popcorn that just came out of the microwave.

    It’ll be interesting to see how many fall into line and accept the outcome the global corporate elites have in store for us.

    It will be more than “interesting.” It will be bloody war.

  23. @restless94110

    I was only trying to suggest Trump was pumping up his own vote count and that’s why they had to shut down the vote counting so the Democrats could pump up their own vote counts for Biden.

    I mean how do we know all these people voted for either candidate? Yes, we have all the rallies for Trump and the dearth of attendance for Biden as a corollary. Maybe 80+ million came out to vote for Trump. Who knows? I’m certainly not taking anyone’s word for it.

    It’s Saturday and I’m trying to have a little fun. Although I can’t even come close to Ted Rall in doling out inanities.

    Personally, I think Trump/Pence and Biden/Harris should stand down and let Nancy Pelosi, the Queen of Mean herself, assume the mantle of POTUS and bring Maxine Waters in as VP.

    The country is going to hell in a handbasket and we might as well ride the elevator to hell with both of those at the front of the bus. Could it be any worse than the the clowns we currently have grappling for the brass ring?

    • Replies: @restless94110
  24. Anon[939] • Disclaimer says:
    @My SIMPLE Pseudonymic Handle

    That’s an OK comment on your part. The GOP wants Trump out as much as the Dems. They are fundamentally one party, not two rival parties.

  25. jsinton says:

    Absurd, Mr. Rall. The “coup” was initiated by Obama in the form of Crossfire Hurricane. Muellergate, Impeachment scam, and stuffing the electronic ballot boxes. Trump won that election. His actions would be called “justice”.

  26. What a bunch of stupid, 4/pol/-tier comments.
    Thank you for the article, Mr. Rall. I think the most we’ll see is some pockets of localized violence. The police will do their jobs because they have mortgages, live in nice suburbs alongside educated people, and they aren’t employed by the president. Even though many cops may have sympathized with James Fields or Kyle Rittenhouse, they still executed arrest warrants as their job requires. It doesn’t matter that their unions supported Trump.
    I’m betting on a few assassination attempts of local government officials and maybe a few “kill your neighbor who had a Biden sign” type scenarios. Like some militiamen trying to kidnap the Michigan governor. It’s the goons that will cause problems, and only a few of them, since making empty threats is the hallmark of children and American White Trash.

  27. IvyMike says:

    Trump has been a complete failure at getting anything harder than a tax cut done, you really think Bumbles can pull off a coup?

  28. @My SIMPLE Pseudonymic Handle

    Oops.

    I done replied to an imbecile. Lord have mercy.

    Well, do yo thing.

    Pelosi/Maxine.

    Thas yo ticket.

    Keep trippin’

    I’m sho one day you gonna come to Jesus. Amen.

  29. joe2.5 says:

    You lost it, Ted. You went and voted for the CIA-FBI party that’s been doing its damnedest to execute a kinda-military takeover for the last 4 years. By doing so, you signed your name under all of their crimes against humanity, past and future, as an accomplice. So now, having lost any shred of credibility, you better shut up. Even if the other side tried a takeover, which it is infinitely worse-equipped than your side to do, nothing would change anyway and anyway I like their style better. Give me blustering morons any day rather than educated, sanctimonious rattlesnakes.

    Your best humor is in: “Newspapers would disappear; radio would go silent; television would go dark; the internet would be turned off.” Oh how scary… what a relief! Turning off wall-to-wall, unlimited, unchecked ruling-class propaganda with an internet that has been under the outsourced full-scale censorship by the various Facebooks on behalf of the alphabet soup. Look at it as a baby step towards regaining some free speech…

  30. TG says:

    “Cynics, a group I usually identify with, believe that wealthy and powerful white guys such as Trump are never held accountable for their crimes, much less go to prison”

    Completely true. But you forget that Trump is outnumbered 1 to 599 amongst the billionaires that run this nation. They haven’t let him do anything real before this, and they won’t let him do anything real now.

    Levers of power? Trump might have had them, if he had any interest in actually governing. He would announce leaving Syria, then one of ‘his’ generals would launch a missile strike on some Russian Troops and announce that no we aren’t leaving Syria – AND TRUMP WOULD NOT FIRE THE INSUBORDINATE GENERAL HE’D JUST GO ALONG WITH IT.

    I see no reason for Trump to suddenly start acting decisively, when off the stage he’s been a cowardly conformist.

    • Agree: nosquat loquat
  31. What a Clown.

    Go back to cartooning.

  32. Hillaire says:

    This article is comedy gold.. I hope the only ones who can save the day (marxists, socialists, communists and the whats left of the real left), will be able to untwist his panties.

  33. Hillaire says:
    @My SIMPLE Pseudonymic Handle

    He used the term ‘deputized paramilitary MAGA goons’, stark, darting fear in his bleary bloodshot eyes…. sweat dripping down his palid cheeks…

  34. A coup is being attempted by the left. Your left, Mr. Rall. and, no, that won’t go to the end you like. It’s going to end with a lot of you in prison and in front of walls.

  35. Nisbe says:

    This article is very low IQ.

    Trump will stay despite the attempted steal, that is not a coup, if you want to use that word then you need to put the word “counter” before it so you are accurate.

    Enjoy the hangings of all the traitors, coupsters and riggers, I heard Amish popcorn is really good.

  36. Nisbe says:
    @eD

    I do not think Trump and his loyalists will risk allowing China asset Biden in for even one second, much less 4 years.

    But thanks for your comment, you make some very good points I would never think of in that way.

  37. Nisbe says:
    @My SIMPLE Pseudonymic Handle

    If Trump goes to war with Iran he will be forever seen as a failure. He won’t do it. Obviously Israel will try to pull another false flag (like they did with their 9/11 attack against America) to try to bait POTUS, but too many people are aware of the kikery, and if Israel tries that, you’ll see how fast it will be used to further flush US gen pop support for Israel down the toilet.

    Israel can have their military give life and limb fighting Iran, the only reason Iran is a problem in the first place is because of Israel. Trump should just let Iran glass Israel and the world would be a better place for it. This is a opinion A LOT of Trump supporters share, because they know Israel is enemy number 1.

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  38. @eD

    As long as a candidate wins a majority of the electors voting, there is no House of Representatives vote. After the passage of the 12th Amendment, the House of Representatives only occurred once, in 1824…

    But not for Vice President. John C Calhoun pretty much ran on both tickets, and received a clear majority. That year that office wasn’t sent to the Senate. In 1836, Martin Van Buren won, but Richard M Johnson was deprived of a majority by the demurral of Virginia’s electors. (They weren’t “faithless”; their party’s state convention chose someone else.) He was easily elected by his friends in the Senate.

    While a number of electors have been faithless over the years, not since 1820 has one gone all the way over to the other major candidate. James Michener wrote that he was ready to in 1968, but it turned out not to be necessary. (He was a Humphrey elector, but much preferred Nixon to win without owing Wallace any favors.)

    Note that the House has to choose between the three top candidates. There are only two at the moment. Thus, a faithless elector would have to appear for them the House to have an alternative to Trump or Biden.

    Incidentally, a Biden withdrawal for health reasons before December 14th would…

    …be a classic case of “bait-and-switch”. Call the FTC! It would stink of “the plan all along”.

  39. Trump has every reason to use radical means to remain president, democracy and constitution be damned.

    Rall thinks the threatening messages attached to tweets and searches by giant corporations constitute “democracy”. Most of us think they are outright liars. They deny fraud because they are almost certainly complicit in it. Qui s’excuse, s’accuse. Rall is on the side of the robber barons.

    Sending the election to the House would be thoroughly constitutional, as would legislatures in disputed states awarding their electoral slates to the more honest (by default) side. The only snag would be that states cannot violate their own constitutions (a point made in Bush v Gore)

    However, Biden “won” Pennsylvania precisely through that very method. Likely other states as well. Trump’s side would be the later and lesser violator.

    The directors of the CIA and FBI reportedly have targets on their backs as well.

    This implies that they don’t deserve to. Yeah, right. Why the sudden love on the Left for national police forces?

    Fortunately for Trump, a century of ruthless oppression and right-wing propaganda has eliminated the actual left.

    What’s an “actual Left” without a Gulag? We haven’t had one since FDR.

  40. @lloyd

    USA needs Cassius and Brutus–along with Popeye.

  41. @eD

    Incidentally, a Biden withdrawal for health reasons before December 14th would enable the Democratic electors to vote in anyone who meets the legal qualifications to hold the office, not just Harris, though the Democrats will probably want to avoid that scenario due to the difficulty of getting all their electors to vote for the same candidate.

    Excellent evaluation of the constitutional situation, eD. But seriously, do you think for one second that if Biden was found stroked-and-croaked in his bed this very evening that they would tell us? They’d play us clips of his having given a speech ‘next week’ at the National Press Club luncheon in his honor. A lookalike would give the Address on the 20th. They would cover up his death same as they covered up his and his son’s corruptions from the Ukraine to China prior to the election, not that it wasn’t there for anyone interested to see. If they have to do Weekend At Bernies, Biden is going IN. What comes out, regardless, is Harris, the first one out of the primaries, yet selected against the will even of ordinary Democrats who found her qualities wanting, not to mention the grand majority of the electorate.

    THAT is a Deep State at its very, very best. Stalin and every despot in history would be very, very proud.

  42. blaqua says:

    Martin Shkreli has been jailed? Martin Shkreli has not been protected by his Rich Guy Privilege? At last the anathematic year of 2020 has good news in store.
    As for Trump, I think he’ll be convicted of one or more offenses (the Trump-hating MSM reserve at least one more blow against him in their attempt to finish him off), but will not be sent to prison. After all, he and his administration have demonstrated more loyal support to Jews and Israel than many other previous administrations, as evidenced by Mike Pompeo’s post-electoral and unprecedented visit to both Golan Heights and the West Bank.

  43. I hope he does it. I want to see all the coup plotters, liars, and vote-stealers lined up and shot.

    And I want the mechanisms in place to deport all the foreign nationals, seizing their assets on the way out the door, too. Their ill-gotten gains from exploiting our nation and its people must be recaptured. Reparations, if you will. We should also cancel the national debts owed to foreign banks.

    Take your unwanted people, your worthless debts, and scram should be the message.

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