If Donald Trump wins the election – whether by hook or by crook, it won’t matter, at least not from a Constitutional perspective – then there won’t be a Constitutional crisis to worry about on November 4th. But he’s taken the position that either he’ll win or the election will have been rigged. So the question to ask him is, if the election is rigged against him, if only in his mind, and so notwithstanding it was rigged, will he or will he not nonetheless hand over the keys to the White House at noon on January 20th? If the answer is no, that he’s not leaving the White House in any case, then why would his detractors bother to vote? Why would his supporters? So either a) he’s just announced a coup d’etat, in which case there’s going to be a civil war, or else b) anyone who does vote thinks it’s all just bluster.
Now personally I think it is just bluster. If he loses – and notwithstanding he and Fox News will claim it was rigged – he will not need to be forcibly escorted from the White House. That said, I have to admit that, for detractors and supporters alike, it would make a fine photogenic spectacle.
But what would be truly spectacular would be his inauguration if he wins. A million celebrants from all over the country, cheek to jowl and not a mask in sight. I figure by Valentine’s Day the U.S. will have about the same population as Prince Edward Island. And at least there’ll be no more talk about finishing the Wall.
On the other hand, if Biden moved into the White House, and so God once again let His countenance to shine upon the American people, Rachel Maddow will have nothing to awfulize about, and Tucker Carlson will be too embarrassed to. So both MSNBC and Fox will go the way of the Edsel, and we’ll be left with Chris Cuomo’s let-no-guest-finish-a-sentence and Don Lemon’s cloyingly meaningful silences. In short, it will be the end of history, and I’ll have to go back to doing philosophy.
So either way, January 20th is going to be (what a friend of mine calls) “a very bad day”.