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Sat Sep 26, 2020, 11:30 AM

52. Great Q & A on at that link - thanks for posting!

Here's one that I take some heart in:

Q: At what point do Donald Trump's malevolent plans of a dictatorship cross the line from "politics" into a coup d'état? Even if done as visibly and out in the open as Trump has been doing, isn't the act of planning a coup to take control of the country a crime? Who's left to investigate and stop such a plan if the Attorney General is a part of it?

What I find completely terrifying is how quickly such a question has gone from spy novel nonsense to one of plausibility and deserving of at least some consideration. S.S., West Hollywood, CA


A: Vigilance is clearly called for, because Trump is willing to trample just about any norm, democratic or otherwise, in service of his goals. That said, our study of history suggests that coups only work in two situations. The first is when the people being governed welcome the change and promptly accept the legitimacy of the new leader. That clearly does not apply here. The second is when the people being governed are too frightened to challenge the new leader. And that sort of coup (including the fear involved) requires military backing. Trump quite clearly does not have that; the leaders of the U.S. armed forces reiterated yet again this week that they will not be getting involved in the election.

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