Talk about your paranoid fantasies . . .
Republican pollster and columnist Kristen Soltis Anderson has floated a scenario in which President Trump would question the validity of “elections, period” if Democrats win the Congress in 2018 and are seen moving toward impeachment.
Appearing on today’s Morning Joe, Soltis Anderson spun what she described as a “really scary situation”:
If President Trump looks like he is potentially at risk of having a Democratic congress that may begin to want to pursue impeachment proceedings, do you really then begin to see this questioning of the validity of elections period?”
Anderson said she didn’t think her scenario is “likely,” but that didn’t deter her from suggesting that Trump could be harboring notions of, in effect, seeking to abolish elections in America.
With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?
Note: speaking of paranoid fantasies, Anderson was commenting on a Washington Post column by Joe Scarborough, who writes darkly of a “gathering storm” due to Trump’s “anti-democratic instincts.” He accuses Trump of “malignant idiocy,” casts him as a “tyrannical president” and claims that “America’s constitutional norms tremble in the balance.”
KRISTEN SOLTIS ANDERSON: I worry that in 2018, if Republicans face large losses, and at this point a lot of the polling suggests it’s not going to look good for them, that if President Trump looks like he is potentially at risk of having a Democratic Congress that may begin to want to pursue impeachment proceedings, do you really then begin to see this questioning of the validity of elections period?
That’s this sort of — I don’t think that it’s likely, but if I’m thinking of a potentially really scary situation, I look at things like what’s happening with Roy Moore in Alabama, wondering, is there a chance that that sort of worldview gets brought national by a president who is liable, he likes blaming other people for things, and likes claiming, look, I’m a bigger winner than you ever could possibly have realized.