Donald Trump came so dangerously close to successfully orchestrating the overthrow of the US government last year that he only needed a some extra radical loyalists to succeed, a spooky essay by conservative website The Bulwark warned Monday.
Trump was only âfive Rudysâ away from a successful coup, warned longtime lawyer and frequent Bulwark collaborator Philip Rotner, referring to Trump’s staunchly staunch ally Rudy Giuliani.
Americans may view the insurgency as the violence of a disorganized group of “lunatics”, Rotner noted.
But the “second way to look at 2020 is that the coup attempt was much closer to success than many would admit and was just a dress rehearsal for 2024,” he added. âThe danger for our democracy is real. We should be very worried.
What saved the country was that Trump had yet to completely “corrupt” the federal government and largely ignore state governments, Rotner argued. Even states with Republican legislatures weren’t “Trumpy enough … at the end of the day, they allowed election results in their states to be certified,” Rotner wrote.
And yet, Trump was still a long way from triggering the “mother of all constitutional crises.”
How far? “Trump missed five Rudys,” Rotner said.
Imagine where the nation would be now if “a Rudy” had replaced Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who refused Trump’s order to “find” enough votes to turn his defeat in the state into victory. , wrote Rotner.
The election could have been called off with additional Rudys in key positions in Michigan and Pennsylvania – or with a Vice President Rudy, who would simply refuse to certify electoral votes for the people’s choice, Biden pointed out. pointed out Rotner.
âTrump did not fail to overthrow the 2020 election because our brilliantly designed constitutional system of government held firmâ¦ He just didn’t have the right people in the right positions to make it happen,â Rotner noted.
He won’t make the same mistake if he lands in the Oval Office again, he warned.
Read the entire essay “Five Rudys From the Abyss â, in The Bulwark here.