Donald J. Trump is going to be our president perhaps for the rest of his life.
Let’s face it: Even if Trump loses the 2020 election, he will refuse to give up his office by loudly claiming it was a rigged election and the poll numbers are fake.
He will claim he is the legitimate winner — no matter the vote totals.
So if he loses, who has the power to force him to relinquish his seat to the actual winner? Perhaps no one.
Trump already controls most of the three branches (Executive, Judicial and Legislative) of the federal government.
As president, he controls the executive branch, which includes the Dept. of Justice (Attorney General, FBI and U.S. Marshals), Dept. of Defense and the Federal Election Commission.
At the top of the Judicial branch, Trump controls a majority (five of nine) justices on the highest court in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court.
And he controls half of Congress (the Legislative branch) because, while Democrats are in charge of the House, Republicans run the Senate.
So if Trump loses the election, what power can force him to leave? He seems to have most of the power of the federal government aligned to defend him.
Trump will use that raw power to stay in office. And he will remain there as long as he wants — perhaps for his own lifetime.
As citizens, we may continue to call him president. But more accurately, he will be our King, our Supreme Ruler, our Fuhrer.
Order in our nation will no longer be based on laws and the Constitution — but on the words, whims and moods of Trump. The law will be what he says it is.
Sadly, America’s 243-year experiment in democracy seems to have run its course. It was a good run, but it may be over.
We should prepare ourselves for the national nightmare to come as we are led into totalitarianism.
KEVIN P. MADDEN
United Media Guild (retired)