Rick Hasen: “As President Trump plans a triumphant State of the Union address anticipating his likely acquittal by the Senate, the White House is reportedly awash in a sense of invincibility.”
“Trump’s certainty that he simply cannot lose could have a real impact on this year’s election. Since assuming office in January 2017, Trump has made at least 27 references to staying in office beyond the constitutional limit of two terms. He often follows up with a remark indicating he is ‘joking,’ ‘kidding,’ or saying it to drive the ‘fake’ news media ‘crazy.’ Even if Trump thinks that he’s only ‘joking,’ the comments fit a broader pattern that raises the prospect that Trump may not leave office quietly in the event he’s on the losing end of a very close election. And unfortunately this possibility is only one of a number of potential election meltdowns we may face in November.”
Since he's spent every day in office sowing the seeds of doubt about all the agencies we are supposed to trust, it could very well work. If you have 45% of so of the American people utterly convinced that FAKE NEWS! is trying to scam the people, how many would decide that now is the time to take matters into their own hands? Of course it would be a small minority, maybe even a tiny one, but 10,000 people willing to shoot their fellow Americans in the name of "liberty" would be more than enough to pretty much bring everything we've grown over the last 244 years to an end.