It is increasingly obvious that Trump views democratic institutions the same way he does people: relevant as long as they serve his fickle purposes. Faced with the growing likelihood that he will lose the election, Trump has responded by attacking the integrity of the voting system and refusing to commit to stepping down should he lose.
In this piece for The Economist Lawrence Douglas paints the terrifyingly plausible series of steps Trump could take from election day to engineer a “full-blown crisis of succession.” Here is one ominous passage:
The new Congress—sworn in just three days earlier, on January 3rd—confronts an astonishing situation: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have each submitted conflicting electoral certificates. The election hangs in the balance.
Please do read the whole thing.