Donald Trump has repeatedly hinted or "joked" about the possibility that he will refuse to step down from the nation's top office if he loses the 2020 presidential election — even posting to Twitter suggestions that if he won a second term, that wouldn't be enough for him, and that he would plan to run in 2024 as well, as The Inquisitr reported.
Back in February, Georgetown University law professor and former National Security Council official Josh Geltzer published a lengthy op-ed for CNN.com, in which he warned that Trump's "jokes" may indeed not be jokes at all. In fact, Geltzer wrote, the possibility that Trump will attempt to simply ignore any election defeat and keep his clutches on power indefinitely is a real one.
"Trump is increasingly proving himself to be a President eager to overstep his authority," Geltzer wrote, citing Trump's attempts to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's attack on the 2016 election, and Trump's own declaration of a non-existent "national emergency" at the southern border, as a pretext to grab funds for a "border wall" that were denied by Congress.
"In light of these overreaching assertions of his own authority, it's at least plausible that Trump might attempt to cling to power in ways previously unimaginable by an American president," Geltzer wrote.