by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:
CNN published an op-ed on Saturday by a former Obama administration official that calls for planning, including the military and a rebellion of states, should President Trump refuse to “peacefully” leave office if he loses his 2020 re-election bid and fails to accept the results. While the Obama official does not use the phrase “civil war”, it is the name for the rebellion of states and the military that he calls for if Trump will not “peacefully” hand over the reins of government on January 20,2021 following an election defeat. Curiously, the op-ed comes the day after a 2018 election for a Congressional seat in North Carolina was vacated due to fraud and a new election ordered to take place by the State Board of Elections.
The CNN op-ed, headlined, What If Trump Refuses to Accept Defeat in 2020?, is authored by Joshua A. Geltzer who served at the National Security Council for Obama’s last two years in office as the Obama administration abused the national security apparatus of the federal government to spy on the Trump campaign in order to thwart Trump’s election and, failing that, to then try to stop Trump’s inauguration and, failing that, to try to bring about his removal from office through impeachment or the 25th Amendment.
In his op-ed, Geltzer repeatedly raises the specter of Trump refusing to “peacefully” leave office. While not directly calling for force to remove Trump, he makes clear that violent means and a civil war will be needed with his repeated accusation that Trump will not leave office “peacefully.”
Geltzer promoted his op-ed on Twitter, “What if Donald Trump loses in 2020 but won’t leave the Oval Office peacefully? There’s real reason to worry. I offer via
@CNNOpinion four things we can do NOW to get ahead of this threat to our democracy:”
What if Donald Trump loses in 2020 but won’t leave the Oval Office peacefully?
— Joshua A. Geltzer (@jgeltzer) 23 February 2019
President Donald Trump’s critics are increasingly focused on the question of which Democrat will challenge him for the presidency in 2020. It’s an important question, but another one might be even more important: Regardless of who runs in 2020, if Trump loses, will he leave the Oval Office peacefully?
Let’s start with why we need to ask this question: Trump is increasingly proving himself to be a President eager to overstep his authority. Just last week, Trump displayed his willingness to invoke unprecedented presidential power to declare a national emergency utterly without justification. This week has brought a startling report from the New York Times that, for the past two years, Trump has tried to undermine the investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and other parts of the Justice Department in order to, in the words of the Times, “make the president’s many legal problems go away.” In light of these overreaching assertions of his own authority, it’s at least plausible that Trump might attempt to cling to power in ways previously unimaginable by an American president.
…Remember, when Trump was merely a private citizen running for President in 2016, he became the first presidential candidate in recent memory to refuse to commit that he’d honor the results of the election if he lost. Now, he occupies the Oval Office. He’s the commander in chief of the most powerful military on Earth. If he even hints at contesting the election result in 2020, as he suggested he might in 2016, he’d be doing so not as an outsider but as a leader with the vast resources of the US government potentially at his disposal.
Geltzer covers four areas of government he believes can be used to stop Trump: The Electoral College, Congress, state governors and finally, the U.S. military. Geltzer does not mention the Supreme Court as an actor with a role to play.