Apparently there is a seemingly farfetched, but real, way Donald Trump could remain in office even if he loses his bid for reelection, at least according to Tom Rogers, founder of CNBC.
How could that be possible?
This article from RAWSTORY, forwarded to me by Not Fake News member Bob Friedman sent shivers up and down my spine.
Here's how Rogers explained on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" how Trump could legally remain in office if defeated:
“This is how it happens, Biden wins,” Rogers said. “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? 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. 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,” Rogers explained.
“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 26-23 with one 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.
“It is not so farfetched," Rogers said. "He [Trump] is planning to do this.”
Trump is a schemer and cheat of the first order. Would you put this past him?
I would not, so if this scenario is really a possibility, it simply emphasizes the critical importance of Democrats increasing their margins in the House of Representatives in the November 3 election.