President Trump has promised to pursue allegations of election and voter fraud in the 2020 election until the bitter end, leading some to believe that he could be considering enacting martial law to force a rerun of the election.
On Sunday, Trump ended the speculation that he’s considering such an action, writing on Twitter, “Martial law = Fake News. Just more knowingly bad reporting!”
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was the main originator of the rumors about enacting martial law to overturn the election results.
Flynn said in an appearance with Newsmax on Thursday that the federal government could “seize” voting machines nationwide in an attempt to launch a new election.
“There is no way in the world we are going to be able to move forward as a nation,” said Flynn at the time. “He could immediately, on his order, seize every single one of these machines, on his order.”
“He could order the, within the swing states, if he wanted to, he could take military capabilities, and he could place those in states and basically rerun an election in each of those states,” Flynn told Newsmax.
“I mean, it’s not unprecedented. These people are out there talking about martial law like it’s something that we’ve never done. Martial law has been instituted 64 times.”
President Trump was not involved in that interview and has not himself talked about martial law as a form of recourse in the contested election.
NYT Rumor mill
The New York Times reported — based on anonymous sources that claimed to have knowledge of a White House meeting between President Trump, lawyer Sidney Powell, and Gen. Flynn — that Trump discussed the possibility of enacting martial law as options to contest the election shrink.
The Times also reported that President Trump is considering appointing Sidney Powell as a White House special counsel to investigate allegations of voter fraud, though it’s unclear whether Trump is actually considering such a move.
Mainstream media and Democrat officials continue to insist that the election was the safest and most secure election in modern history, despite evidence of voter and election fraud in multiple states.
However, it remains unclear what President Trump’s strategy is going forward, as lawsuits challenging the elections processes of battleground states have mostly been thrown out.