He foresaw it all: Professor Lawrence Douglas. As early as May 2020, the US constitutional expert published a book with the horror scenarios surrounding the presidential election – much that seemed unimaginable at the time has come true.
Did you expect Trump to incite a mob to attack the Capitol?
Lawrence Douglas: Between election day and the handover, I definitely feared violence because of Trump’s dog-whistling policy. At the beginning of the corona pandemic, for example, he let out these “Liberate Michigan!” Tweets – then his supporters pulled machine guns in front of the parliament in Lansing. However, I was expecting attacks on institutions in the states, such as the places where the electorate votes.
Is Donald Trump responsible for the Capitol attack?
Yes. Not in a legal sense for sedition. But he certainly has the political responsibility for what happens.
What are the consequences of this?
In an ideal world, he would be held accountable for violating his oath of office and coming out as an enemy of the constitution. There would be the 25th amendment to the constitution. But it is designed for real physical incapacity – and Mike Pence does not support the use. The impeachment procedure would be more practicable. What would be attractive about a successful impeachment process would be that Trump could never run for higher office again. Overall, the most important thing would be for leading Republicans to break with him – forever. If there is anything good that could emerge from the chaos in Washington, it is breaking the cult of personality that holds the Republican Party under control.
Could the impeachment proceeding beyond January 20th?
Yes, because it is also about preventing him from running further. However, I am concerned that, like last year, there will be no two-thirds majority in the Senate and that Trump will look like a political martyr. This measure needs non-partisan support.
Trump’s ex-security advisor, John Bolton, has proposed sending Trump to Florida pending the handover. Is this a good idea?
Definitely! Let him play golf. It would be best for everyone if Pence and senior officials immediately took over running the country. Trump should have no way to further destabilize the country in the remaining ten days.
What is the most dangerous thing Trump could do?
He still has authority over the military. But I’m not sure if that would follow his orders – it would at least be very, very careful. Trump can spread his messages even without his most important social media accounts. If he continues to send out certain signals, his supporters take this as an opportunity to take to the streets and attack things or people – for example parliamentarians like Mitt Romney on the way to Washington. That is shameful.
Republican senators like Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley have supported Trump and diligently spread his message.
I would very much like Cruz and Hawley to be voted out of office. Both are very ambitious and want to go to the White House. And they are extremely intelligent, have studied at the best universities. They only supported Trump out of opportunism, for which they should pay a political price.
What other options does Trump have?
He will probably not get away with a self-pardon in the courts, that would be an abuse of office. And I don’t think Pence would pardon him if he resigned quickly, either. And Trump won’t resign either. Even in the remaining days, he won’t want to show weakness.
Could he set up some kind of parallel presidency after the handover?
Not in the sense that he claims to continue to run the country. But he will constantly and loudly question the legitimacy of the president. He has not yet admitted his defeat. He did not recognize the legality of Biden’s victory, but only promised an orderly handover. And he could change his mind about that too. He’ll want to spread chaos and instability because he wants to stay relevant. He wants to promote the cult around himself.
Lawyer and thought leader Lawrence Douglas (61) studied in Heidelberg (D), among other places – “a very boring city!” – and teaches at the renowned Amherst College in the US state of Massachusetts. In “Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Election Meltdown in 2020 »he dealt with the scenarios for the presidential election.
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