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As Trump builds clout, an orderly transition in 2020 looks less likely

President Trump pumps arrives at McCarran International Airport on Feb. 18 in Las Vegas.
President Trump pumps arrives at McCarran International Airport on Feb. 18 in Las Vegas.Evan Vucci/Associated Press

With President Trump attempting to consolidate more and more power post-acquittal, the specter of his unwillingness to leave office in the event of his potential defeat in November becomes real. Based on past performance, he will simply claim that the voting was rigged and that he was the actual winner.

I would like to suggest that it is not too soon for Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to poll their Senate and House colleagues, respectively, to ask whether they intend to uphold the Constitution and oversee an orderly transition of power, or whether they intend to join their then-to-be former president in attempting to overthrow the duly elected one.

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Before Trump’s 2016 election, the answer would have been obvious. Now, not so much.

Nelson Hammer

Needham