Responding to a tweet from President Trump that accused early voters of “voting fraud,” before adding that they should “Cheat at your own peril,” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman predicted how the President will react should Republicans lose control of the House and/or Senate in the upcoming November midterms.
In the Twitter thread shown below, the Nobel Prize-winning economist warned that Trump’s early accusations of voting fraud, without any evidence whatsoever, will be followed by illegal acts to remain in power if his party is out of power in Congress.
Krugman tweeted “If Democrats don’t at least take the House, God help us. But even if they do, we’ll be facing a nightmarish political scene. Republicans will claim that the election was stolen, and deny the majority’s legitimacy.”
He added that Trump appointee, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, is currently refusing to turn over documents to Congress without Trump’s blessing, adding that defiance is a preview of what is likely to come.
“Democrats will gain subpoena power — but expect the Trump administration to simply defy requests for information, the way they already are on issues like the Mar a Lago crowd’s influence on the Veterans Administration,” he tweeted.
“They’ll also probably abuse executive power in many other ways. And they’ll use claims of voter fraud to justify their disregard of the law and Constitution. If you don’t think this is going to happen, you haven’t been paying attention.”
Adding a final warning, Krugman wrote “In the very near future, many government officials will probably face hard decisions about whether to defy illegal orders from their political superiors. And remember, this is the good scenario.”