Efforts by the incumbent U.S. president to change the election results turned into a failed coup, but a second coup could also happen again, an expert on U.S. strategic issues has said.
Long-time Republican strategist and co-founder of the Lincoln Project, Steve Schmidt, said Tuesday, December 15, that America is living in dangerous times and warned that President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the election results “was a failed coup” that would lead him to attempt another one.
“It was a failed coup,” he said. “The way you get the second coup in most countries is to have your first failure,” he said in an interview with MSNBC.
Schmidt, who registered as a Democrat after nearly 30 years with the Republican Party, then went on to denounce the attorneys general of the 18 Red states that joined Texas in the Supreme Court trial: “What happened in November in a premeditated and deliberate way is that faith and belief in the American political system was poisoned by President Trump, who signed a worthless lawsuit against it with 126 members of the House of Representatives and 18 Republican attorneys general. It was not indeed a lawsuit but a declaration against the American political system. »
“Don’t think of their signature as a kind of legal action. It wasn’t. It was a political statement,” he said. “And in that political statement, they were turning their backs on the tradition of the American political system. »
He described the violence in Washington DC over the weekend as “fascist, political and right-wing extremists,” in which eight police officers were injured and four others stabbed. The violence erupted in several parts of Washington following a “Stop the Steal” rally in support of Donald Trump’s repeated and unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud.” The pro-democracy side of the political debate can never again lose a presidential election to a pro-autocracy side because there may not be an election after that,” the former Republican warned.
Despite attempts by Donald Trump and his entourage to overturn the presidential election results under the pretext of fraud, the electorate confirmed on Monday, December 14, the victory of Joe Biden, announced as early as November 7, but which a majority of Republicans still refused to admit.
The Democrat officially became the future 46th president of the United States when California brought him its votes, putting an end to a suspense artificially maintained by the outgoing president. (WP)
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent