Politicians, pundits and the general public is worried President Donald Trump won’t accept a Joe Biden win and refuse to leave the White House. Because of the huge absentee and mail-in vote this presidential cycle, some pundits are predicting that a winner may not be declared until days or even weeks after the election, giving Trump an excuse to prematurely declare victory.
In a close election it’s not unusual for a winner to be declared until all the votes are counted which may be days after the election. But I don’t think we have to worry about that scenario, Joe Biden has a significant lead in the national polls, and more importantly a lead in most of the battleground states. Democrats are still in a state of shock over the 2016 defeat of Hillary Clinton, and they are reluctant to admit that all signs point to a Biden landslide victory.
The pertinent question is what will the stable genius do with the final 77 days of his presidency after he loses?
If even presidents who care about their legacies and abide by democratic norms take suspect actions in the closing weeks of their presidencies, what will a president who thrives on chaos and controversy do during his lame duck period?
In the last days of his administration George H.W. Bush pardoned officials behind the Iran-Contra scandal, and in his last days Bill Clinton pardoned financier Mark Rich, a controversial action that dogged him for decades. Trump will go pardon crazy, pardoning himself and preemptively pardoning members of his crime family.
There’s no telling what havoc Trump will unleash in the weeks after his humiliating loss, his tiny hand will be itching to push the red button on his desk.
It’s not the election that keeps me up at night it’s the post-election period when a furious and humiliated Trump who has nothing left to lose still has all the powers of the presidency.