Just a month ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration as the next President of the United States, lame duck President Donald Trump is considering invoking martial law in order to stay in the White House.
Trump lost the US Presidential election to Biden in November but refused to concede while making baseless claims of voter fraud that have been thrown out of countless courts, many by judges that his administration appointed. Trump had over 40 cases of voter fraud thrown out of the courts, and it all seemed to be over when the Electoral College officially declared Biden the winner last week. Trump, however, seems to be taking one last roll of the dice.
Pardoned former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, touted the idea of invoking the Insurrection Act on right-wing news network, Newsmax, last week before being invited to the White House on Friday. Trump dismissed the reports of an official discussion about the possibility of martial law as “fake news” in a tweet on Sunday.
However, according to a CNN report, Trump convened a heated meeting in the Oval Office on Friday, including lawyer Sidney Powell and her client, Flynn, which broke out into screaming matches at which point Trump aides had to push back on outrageous suggestions of overturning the election.
While it does seem that cooler heads will prevail and this kind of anti-democratic sentiment is unlikely to gather momentum, many are saying it doesn’t matter whether it happens. The mere fact that it’s being considered is abhorrent.
“In the conspiratorial conservative base of supporting Trump, there are calls for using the Insurrection Act to declare martial law,” said Elizabeth Neumann, former assistant secretary of Homeland Security under President Trump and adviser at Defending Democracy Together, on CNN’s “Reliable Sources”.
“When they hear that the president is actually considering this, there are violent extremist groups that look at this as a dog whistle, an excuse to go out and create … violence,” she said.