In terms of our democracy, Trump’s statement today is the most dangerous thing he has said since the election. From Politico:
Donald Trump on Sunday used the platform of the presidency to peddle a fringe conspiracy theory to justify his loss of the popular vote, claiming without evidence that millions of people voted illegally Nov. 8.
Trump’s tweets marked an unprecedented rebuke of the U.S. electoral system by a president-elect and were met with immediate condemnation from voting experts and others. And they offered a troubling indication that Trump’s ascension to the highest political office in the United States may not alter his penchant for repeating unproven conspiracies perpetuated by the far-right.
“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump wrote on Twitter. There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim and PolitiFact ruled it false.
This is bad enough when he did win the Electoral College, while losing the popular vote very significantly.
But imagine for a moment that this is four years later, and President Trump has lost the Electoral College (regardless of what happens in the popular vote.) and he makes this statement
We would just have been given the most serious constitutional crisis ever. Its not many steps to an actual coup, and perhaps leads there inevitably.
So, I am urging now that such a failure to acknowledge reality should be seen as making the President, in the terms of the 25th Amendment “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” thus requiring a triggering of the 25th Amendment process to remove the President. Its going to ask a lot of the Vice President and Cabinet, or alternative Congressional designee group, as outlined in the Amendment, to start this process, but this may be the first real indication it might become necessary, and Trump and Congress need to be on notice and ready.
So I now think the Trump Fascism Doomsday Clock should be moved closer to midnight by one quarter of a minute. I hope someone takes this project on, and gets experts to vote on a permanent ongoing tracking system, with a proper starting point.