This is what an American coup looks like

President Trump’s campaign is reportedly in discussion with state and national Republicans to “bypass election results and appoint loyal electors in battleground states where Republicans hold the legislative majority.” At least that’s the report from a terrifying article written by Barton Gellman in The Atlantic. While this scenario is somewhat far-fetched, we should be clear that what Gellman describes here is tantamount to a coup, a complete break with the constitutional order that would unquestionably precipitate large-scale unrest and potentially the crackup of the United States. Could it actually happen?

Trump has been clumsily telegraphing this plot for months — not generally the smartest way to overthrow a government, which is best done in secret.


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