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WaPo Op-Ed: Americans May Need To Prep For War If Biden Doesn’t Win In A Landslide

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An op-ed published in The Washington Post Thursday suggested Americans should prepare for war if the election result is anything short of a Joe Biden landslide.

The op-ed “What’s the worst that could happen?” by Georgetown law professor Rosa Brooks discusses different outcomes for the November election using a model deemed the Transition Integrity Project. The organizers of the project gathered a group of people together who they assigned to certain political beliefs and asked the subjects to explain their hypothetical reaction to different Nov. 3 outcomes.

“A landslide for Joe Biden resulted in a relatively orderly transfer of power. Every other scenario we looked at involved street-level violence and political crisis,” said Brooks and reported by the Daily Caller.

The experiment monitored the “four scenarios experts consider most likely” for election night results.

“We explored the four scenarios experts consider most likely: a narrow Biden win; a big Biden win, with a decisive lead in both the electoral college and the popular vote; a Trump win with an electoral college lead but a large popular-vote loss, as in 2016; and finally, a period of extended uncertainty as we saw in the 2000 election,” Brooks said.

Interestingly, the supposed pro-Trump players in the simulation were almost all “never-Trumpers” which may lessen the impact of the results.

“In each scenario, Team Trump — the players assigned to simulate the Trump campaign and its elected and appointed allies — was ruthless and unconstrained right out of the gate,” Brooks wrote in her conclusion of the study.

The piece suggests that if Trump wins or the results are close and unclear, President Trump may attempt to send military forces in to control and bring violence against citizens. Voters should be prepared for the “possibility that politicians will seek to manipulate or misuse their coercive powers,” according to Brooks.

The only favorable outcome for this experiment was Biden winning in a landslide and apparently if that doesn’t happen, Americans should prepare for military violence and even a civil war.

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CNN announces controversial presidential debate rules obviously intended to benefit Biden

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CNN announced its several presidential debate rules over the weekend sparking controversy. The rules will govern the upcoming debate between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden on June 27. A

After Trump publicly stated he would debate the president “any time and any where” the Biden campaign agreed to a total of two debates that would be closely regulated. Not only did the administration demand a ban on audiences, it also approved CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash as its moderators. Breitbart reports Tapper is one of Trump’s sharpest critics.

CNN announced its own additional parameters on Saturday, which likely were done in partnership with the White House:

  • Two commercial breaks (Likely to benefit Biden)
  • Campaign staff will not be able to interact with their candidate during the break
  • No opening statements, two-minute closing statements
  • Two-minute answer shot clock, one minute for rebuttals
  • Mics will be muted “except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak” (Likely to benefit Biden)

CNN reported its rules:

The 90-minute debate will include two commercial breaks, according to the network, and campaign staff may not interact with their candidate during that time. Both candidates agreed to appear at a uniform podium, and their podium positions will be determined by a coin flip.

Microphones will be muted throughout the debate except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak. While no props or pre-written notes will be allowed on the stage, candidates will be given a pen, a pad of paper and a bottle of water.

Some aspects of the debate – including the absence of a studio audience – will be a departure from previous debates. But, as in the past, the moderators “will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion,” according to the network.

Breitbart reports that the President is planning to spend about a week preparing to debate Trump who has also requested Biden receive a drug test before the debates. The White House did not respond in May as to whether Biden intends to use performance-enhancing drugs in preparation for the presidential debates.

Ron Klain, Biden’s former chief of staff who is going on vacation to help Biden prepare for the debates, did not respond to Politico Playbook’s request for comment about “whether any illegal substances are used as part of Klain’s debate prep.”

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