War-gaming a Trump loss

I was a wild-eyed outlier when I said in 2017 that I didn’t think Trump would go peacefully if he lost the upcoming election. Now, lots of other people are worried about that, too.

The group, which included Democrats and Republicans, gathered to game out possible results of the November election, grappling with questions that seem less far-fetched by the day: What if President Trump refuses to concede a loss, as he publicly hinted recently he might do? How far could he go to preserve his power?

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“All of our scenarios ended in both street-level violence and political impasse,” said Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown law professor and former Defense Department official who co-organized the group known as the Transition Integrity Project. She described what they found in bleak terms: “The law is essentially … it’s almost helpless against a president who’s willing to ignore it.”

There is no defense but a defeat so lopsided, so epochal, so downright annihilating, that Trump is humiliated and broken beyond repair or hope of support.


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