Trump's reported martial law musings have even some conservatives alarmed
"In this case, all the constitution preserves is the military's allegiance to the rule of law," writes Max Boot in the Washington Post, referring to reports that President Trump has at least discussed the possibility of declaring martial law and confiscating voting machines with his former national security adviser Michael Flynn and controversial lawyer Sidney Powell in hopes of dismissing the presidential election results.
Regarding himself as a conservative pre-Trump, Boot admitted that neither scenario is likely to be realized, but argues that just talking about the ideas represents a "new low" for Trump. "Never before in US history has there been a record of a president discussing a military coup in order to stay in office," he wrote.
Even Byron York of the Washington Examiner, who has written books like Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishments Never Ending War vs. Trump and The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy, called Flynn's recently pardoned ideas "dangerous" and suggested they be on national television as He worked on Newsmax last week is significant.
Like Boot, York points out that the risk of Trump actually declaring martial law low - Trump, he wrote in the Examiner, "has repeatedly shown that his talk is just a conversation" - but "what about the idea that there are some things you just don't do? " don't you talk about it "
Meanwhile, Tim Miller, an outspoken Republican critic of Trump, thinks it's better for Congress to be proactive than to wait and see if it's all going on. Read more at The Washington Post and The Washington Examiner.
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