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Lawrence Wilkerson Walks Bill Maher Through Worst Case Scenarios if Trump Loses This Fall

Wilkerson, a member of the Transition Integrity Project, was the top of the show guest on “Real Time”

On Friday’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher’s top-of-the-show guest was Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel and prominent critic of both U.S. foreign policy and Donald Trump. And during a discussion of one of Maher’s favorite topics — his worry that Trump might not honor the election results if he loses in November — Wilkerson broke down some worst case scenarios.

Wilkerson is a member of two bipartisan task forces dedicated to election integrity, including one that recently held “war games” to figure out just how such an unthinkable scenario might play out. As Maher noted, it’s a particularly “urgent” question since recently, Trump hinted in an interview with Chris Wallace that he might not uphold the election results if he loses — in other words, the President of the United States suggested he might conduct a cop d’etat.

Wilkerson explained that the Transition Integrity Project, which conduced the ‘war games,’ included “some really high-powered political analysts, scholars and others playing the Republicans,” many of which are Republicans, and “Democrats playing the Dems.”

According to Wilkerson, the group gamed out several different scenarios for how things could go based on specific circumstances of the election. “One that you might suspect is a complete Biden Blowout. That is to say, Electoral College and popular vote, Biden wins. Then what does the Trump team do?” he said. “Another one, as you might surmise also, and very difficult and complex, is where there is really a lot of closeness. A lot of indecision. Maybe a popular vote one way and electoral college vote in other way. Or possibly even no way to determine and it’s thrust into the House of Representatives. So different scenarios, different reactions from each team.”

On disturbing thing Wilkerson relayed to Maher was that “when the Republican team got the scenario ‘decisive Biden win’ and threw its moves out there, the Democratic team was stunned by the arrogance, the sheer power and the sheer indecency, if you will, of the Trump team moves. Everything from, Okay, we got 70 days to destroy the United States government. We’ve got 70 days in which to not provide the incoming team with any transition whatsoever; You want to know what our policy is on Iran, on China, on taxes, you won’t know it because we’ve destroyed all the paperwork and we won’t let anyone brief you. You are coming into an empty White House.”

Read more: https://www.thewrap.com/lawrence-wilkerson-walks-bill-maher-through-worst-case-scenarios-if-trump-loses-this-fall/

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Aug 10, 2020, 05:01 AM (17 replies)

Sen. Blumenthal: Declassify Chilling Foreign Interference Report - MSNBC

Russian and other foreign interference with the 2020 elections detailed in a new intelligence report must be declassified Sen. Richard Blumenthal says, as the document he calls ‘chilling’ outlines current foreign threats he believes every American should be warned about. Sen. Blumenthal joins Zerlina Maxwell to discuss.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Aug 10, 2020, 02:28 AM (19 replies)

FEC Commissioner On Election Planning: 'Our Democracy Has To Survive This Crisis' - MSNBC

The Federal Election Commission’s Ellen Weintraub says states and localities must receive funding from the next relief bill to make voting safe and accessible.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Aug 9, 2020, 02:00 AM (1 replies)

ODNI Says Russia Is Trying To Boost Trump's Candidacy - The 11th Hour - MSNBC

“We’ve never seen such faithlessness to the ideas and ideals of the country.” Steve Schmidt reacts to the ODNI’s findings and certain Republican senators who seem to be helping disseminate Russian talking points. Aired on 8/7/2020

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Aug 9, 2020, 01:30 AM (0 replies)

What You Should Know About Russia's Attempts To Undermine Biden's Candidacy & Help Trump - MSNBC

Russian operatives are once again trying to help President Donald Trump win an election by attempting to sabotage his opponent, a top U.S. intelligence official says. Bill Evanina, who is leading election security efforts at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, also said that China “prefers” that Trump lose the election and that Iran “seeks to undermine” U.S. democratic institutions and Trump. Here’s a deeper look at what that means.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Aug 9, 2020, 01:00 AM (12 replies)

Russian Election Interference Finds Ready Conduit In GOP Senators - Rachel Maddow - MSNBC

Rachel Maddow notes a particularly specific warning from the director of the ODNI's National Counterintelligence and Security Center that "pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption" as part of Russia's efforts to manipulate the 2020 U.S. election against Joe Biden and in support of Donald Trump. Derkach has not only been using Rudy Giuliani to spread his claims, but Republican senators Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley have also been receptive to the Russian tactic. Aired on 8/7/2020

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Aug 8, 2020, 03:40 AM (35 replies)

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - 8/7/20

Monologue: The Incredible Sulk

Bill recaps the top stories of the week, including Donald Trump's disastrous Axios interview and Joe Biden's virtual campaign strategy.

Chris Evans: A Starting Point

Producer, director and "Captain America" actor Chris Evans joins Bill to discuss his new civic engagement platform, "A Starting Point."

New Rule: Here Lies Donald Trump

Bill offers President Trump some insight into how he will be remembered when he's gone.

Since the interviews haven't been made available on the Real Time site yet, here's what we've seen called a "bootleg" recording of the show - but it won't be available for long...

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Aug 8, 2020, 03:25 AM (6 replies)

Rep. Schiff: Trump Is 'Not Going To Think Or Believe Ill Of His Friend Vladimir Putin' - MSNBC

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence confirmed that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election to hurt Biden and help Trump. Rep. Adam Schiff tells Ali Velshi he wants more details released to alert the American people and to hold Russia accountable, but says “clearly the president wishes to blind himself and blind the country to what Russia is doing.” Aired on 8/7/2020.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Aug 8, 2020, 02:52 AM (5 replies)

Sen. Durbin: Trump Cannot Solve Covid Aid Problems By Executive Order - Stephanie Ruhle - MSNBC

As negotiations on a relief bill stall, lawmakers from both the House and Senate have gone home until there’s word of a breakthrough. Stephanie Ruhle asks Democratic Senate Whip Dick Durbin when Americans can expect some financial relief. Aired on 08/06/2020.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Aug 8, 2020, 02:36 AM (1 replies)

J. Bash Warns Of Foreign Interference & Trump's Failures On COVID-19 Sowing Chaos In The Election

Former chief of staff for the CIA and Department of Defense Jeremy Bash warns of the threats coming from Russia and President Trump on the 2020 election. Aired on 8/7/2020.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Aug 8, 2020, 02:15 AM (0 replies)
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