Two weeks ago, I wrote about the possibility of a constitutional and political crisis in the US as a result of President Donald Trump’s refusal to leave the White House if he loses the election because of voter fraud. A couple of days after this prediction, which was echoed throughout US media, we saw the prominent New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman make an appearance on CNN in which he said the US could be headed toward a second civil war after the President’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the presidential election on November 3. Friedman said that he began his career as a journalist covering the civil war in Lebanon, and that he is terrified to find himself ending his career as a journalist covering America’s potential second civil war.
US President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden during the first 2020 presidential campaign debate in Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 29, 2020. (Reuters)
A poll worker casts a mail-in ballot for a disabled driver on the last day of early voting for the US presidential election, Florida, Aug. 16, 2020. (Reuters)