11.20.2020

Can Trump actually stage a coup and stay in office for a second term?

Can Trump actually stage a coup and stay in office for a second term? Photo by Patrick Semansky / AP

Joe Biden won the presidential election, a fact that Donald Trump and other Republicans refuse to acknowledge.

There are worries the president and other Republicans will make every effort to stay in power. “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, said last week. William Barr, the attorney general, has also authorized federal prosecutors to begin to investigate election irregularities, a move that prompted the head of the justice department’s election crimes unit to step down from his position and move to another role. On Tuesday, Trump fired Christopher Krebs, the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election and had pushed back on the president’s baseless claims of voter fraud.

Yet, despite all of Trump’s machinations, it is extremely unlikely he can find a way to stay in power or stage a coup.

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