SURPRISE! Another Liberal Threatens A Coup In The U.S. If Trump Wins The Presidency

James Kirchick

Earlier this week, Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King suggested on Twitter that there could be a coup in the United States if Trump wins the presidency.

Now writer James Kirchick is suggesting the same thing at the Los Angeles Times:

If Trump wins, a coup isn’t impossible here in the U.S.

Americans viewing the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey as some exotic foreign news story — the latest, violent yet hardly unusual political development to occur in a region constantly beset by turmoil — should pause to consider that the prospect of similar instability would not be unfathomable in this country if Donald Trump were to win the presidency.

Trump is the most brazenly authoritarian figure to secure the nomination of a major American political party. He expresses his support for all manner of strongmen, and his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has actually worked for one: former Ukrainian president and Vladimir Putin ally Viktor Yanukovich. At the Republican National Convention here Monday, Manafort put some of the tricks he learned overseas as a dictator whisperer to good use, employing underhanded tactics to avoid a roll call vote on the convention’s rules package and quietly removing language from the party platform expressing support for Ukraine’s democratic aspirations.

Throughout the campaign, Trump has repeatedly bragged about ordering soldiers to commit war crimes, and has dismissed the possibility that he would face any resistance. “They won’t refuse,” he told Fox News’ Bret Baierearlier this year. “They’re not gonna refuse me. Believe me.” When Baier insisted that such orders are “illegal,” Trump replied, “I’m a leader. I’ve always been a leader. I’ve never had any problem leading people. If I say do it, they’re going to do it.”

Oh really? Blimpish swagger might fly within the patriarchal confines of a family business, a criminal operation (the distinction is sometimes blurred) or a dictatorship. It does not, however, work in a liberal democracy, legally grounded by a written constitution, each branch restrained by separation of powers.

Isn’t it amazing how much liberals care about the Constitution and the separation of powers… now?

Obama and the Democrats have taken a blowtorch to the Constitution and the separation of powers for almost eight years but all of a sudden, when it looks like Trump could win, this is a big problem.

Trump isn’t even president yet and the left is imagining all the awful things he could do while completely ignoring the things Obama already has done.



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