In a recent interview on CNN, House Majority Whip James Clyburn braced Americans for what he feels is a likely crisis in the making: Donald Trump will refuse to leave office and, instead, extend his term.
Clyburn, a Democratic representative of South Carolina who's held office for 27 years, predicted that the president will use emergency powers to justify the move.
The Congressman made the comments during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union." After standing by a previous comment wherein he likened Donald Trump to Fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, Clyburn explained his theory:
"This guy never had any idea about being one to peacefully transfer power. I don't think he plans to leave the White House. He doesn't plan to have fair and unfettered elections."
"I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to continue to hold onto office."
Clyburn ended his comments with a warning.
"That's why the American people had better wake up. I know a little about history and I know how countries find their demise."
"It is when we fail to let democracy--and the fundamentals of which is a fair and unfettered election--and that's why he's trying to be a cloud over this election, floating the idea of postponing these elections."
"This is not a perfect democracy. It is better than any other that exists and I really feel that the fundamentals are being frayed and if we are not careful, this country will be lost for our next generation, our children and our grandchildren."
“I don’t think he plans to leave the White House. He doesn’t plan to have fair and unfettered elections. I believe… https://t.co/tZwwcKzeOX— CNN Politics (@CNN Politics)1596377295.0
Clyburn's speculations came shortly after a tweet by Trump sparked outrage and concern across the United States. In the tweet, Trump cast doubt on the reliability of mail-in voting and suggested that the election be delayed until the virus was over.
With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT E… https://t.co/VcSCg7IPwj— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1596113169.0
Trump's suggestion has been denounced by both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.
As for Clyburn's warning, Twitter heard him loud and clear.
@CNNPolitics @brianoloughlin9 Rep. Clyburn is SPOT ON! As someone who has also studied the rise of Authoritarianism… https://t.co/SderSkf3tu— LadyMarmalade (@LadyMarmalade)1596380177.0
@CNNPolitics I mean... Trump has STRONGLY hinted at this for over a year now. He's severely damaging our postal de… https://t.co/jLzgjOZ4PT— 𝙾’𝙳𝚘𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚐𝚑 (@𝙾’𝙳𝚘𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚐𝚑)1596378487.0
@CNNPolitics @donwinslow 45 has shown little knowledge or respect for the constitution. Why should we expect him to… https://t.co/C2VepAEZvZ— Marcus Greene (@Marcus Greene)1596382188.0
@CNNPolitics They are UP to Something The GOP has been frantically appointing Judges Trump HAS NO PLANS to go An… https://t.co/annyJR6WU1— jay1williams (@jay1williams)1596377769.0
Others felt confident that the president will leave. They relished how that will look.
@CNNPolitics If that's the case he'd better be prepared for all-out civil disobedience and war. Personally, I would… https://t.co/XOtrAfe2Th— DUMPTRUMP!! (@DUMPTRUMP!!)1596386372.0
@CNNPolitics Which means the government needs to plan Operation Remove Trump. Remember not to cover his head in wha… https://t.co/hLc8m7K0sB— Barb Stogesdill (@Barb Stogesdill)1596378260.0
Of course, people can only speculate until the fall when the election does occur. Only then will we see exactly how tumultuous it all goes.