The Hill newspaper reported an article whose author believed that there are growing concerns in American political circles that the United States is on the verge of departing from the road, amid an uproar over President Donald Trump’s recent statements in which he refused to pledge a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the next presidential election. Scheduled for next November.
The article pointed out that Trump’s worrisome statements come at a time when the social fabric is tense due to many factors, including the outbreak of the Corona pandemic in the country, the protests that erupted against injustice and racism, and the political battle waged by the Republican and Democratic parties to choose a new judge to succeed the late liberal Supreme Court judge Ruth Ginsburg. She passed away last week.
In addition to all of the above, the intense political polarization and tension fueled by the presidential elections, which are only five weeks away from us.
Fears of a second civil war
The newspaper included comments by influential political and media figures about Trump’s recent statements. Texas Democrat Al Green, who pushed for Trump’s impeachment in 2017, said he was concerned about “unrest that could spin out of control in this country.”
“The peaceful transfer of power is not a position taken by conservatives, nor is it a position taken by liberals, it is an American tradition. There are some traditions that must stand the test of time. We should not try to undermine this tradition, and the president’s words undermine it.”
While former Republican lawmaker, Carlos Corbello, said that those who did not take Trump’s threats seriously are wrong, and said that Trump “definitely has the potential to create a very messy situation regarding the election results, and everyone should take it seriously.”
As for the famous journalist, Thomas Friedman, he described Trump’s statements as a “fire alarm” and said during a television interview on the American channel “CNN” last Thursday that he began his career in the media by covering the civil war in Lebanon, and said, “I am terrified of To find myself ending my career as a journalist covering the second possible civil war in American history. “
Trump has been banging the drums warning about what he describes as the dangers of voting by mail for months, despite the lack of reliable evidence that casting ballots through the mail service is more vulnerable to fraud than in-person voting, according to the newspaper.
Trump had abstained from pledging a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the presidential election to Democratic rival Joe Biden.
“We must see what will happen,” Trump said at a press conference at the White House, in response to a journalist who asked him last Wednesday in the White House whether he pledges to abide by the most basic rules of democracy in the United States, which is the peaceful transfer of power if he does not win the elections.
In response to a question about those remarks the next day, Trump said, “We want to make sure that the elections are fair, and I’m not sure if that is possible.”
The article explained that there is no clear legal mechanism through which Trump can do so, and that the US Constitution stipulates that the winner in the elections will be sworn in as president on January 20, and any attempt to challenge what the constitution stipulates means that Trump risks being expelled from the White House. Perhaps at the hands of the intelligence service.
According to the newspaper, the likely scenario in the eyes of many is that Trump will try to question the results of the elections after their announcement, in the event that he does not win, and he will seek to inflame the feelings of discontent among his supporters by claiming that the victory has been stolen from him, and such statements can draw the American people into conflict Dangerous even if Trump agrees to hand over power on January 20 of next year.