Will Barack Obama Try To Stay In Office If Donald Trump Wins The Election?

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If Donald Trump wins in November, will Barack Obama leave office and hand over power in an orderly fashion?  Normally we would not even have to ask such a question, but these are not normal times.  This week, Obama publicly stated that Trump “is unfit to serve as President” and that he is “woefully unprepared to do this job“.  In addition, he told the press that Trump “doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world.”  If Obama really believes those things are true, would he really just stand aside and hand the keys to the White House to Trump?

Never before have I ever heard a sitting president claim that one of the major party candidates could not function as president.  But that is what Obama has just done.  The following is an excerpt from a transcript of remarks made by Obama earlier this week that comes directly from the official White House website.  I have highlighted certain phrases in bold text, because I want you to truly consider the implications of what he is saying here…

But there have been Republican Presidents with whom I disagreed with, but I didn’t have a doubt that they could function as President.  I think I was right, and Mitt Romney and John McCain were wrong on certain policy issues, but I never thought that they couldn’t do the job.  And had they won, I would have been disappointed, but I would have said to all Americans they are — this is our President, and I know they’re going to abide by certain norms and rules and common sense, will observe basic decency, will have enough knowledge about economic policy and foreign policy and our constitutional traditions and rule of law that our government will work, and then we’ll compete four years from now to try to win an election.

But that’s not the situation here.  And that’s not just my opinion; that is the opinion of many prominent Republicans.  There has to come a point at which you say, enough.

Earlier today, I came across an outstanding article by Joseph Farah of WND in which he summarized the claims that Obama was making against Trump…

  • He said Trump would not abide by “norms and rules and common sense.”
  • He questioned whether he would “observe basic decency” should he reach the Oval Office.
  • He said he would have been disappointed to lose the elections of 2008 and 2012, but never doubted whether his rivals in those elections, John McCain and Mitt Romney, could function as president or had the knowledge to make government work. “That’s not the situation here,” he added.
  • He added Trump “doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding, to occupy the most powerful position in the world.”
  • He said he was “woefully unprepared to do this job.”
  • Obama said Trump lacked knowledge about Europe, the Middle East and other parts of Asia.

This is some extremely strong language, and I truly wish one of the reporters at the press conference would have asked one incredibly important follow up question.

Will Barack Obama try to stay in office if Donald Trump wins the election?

In his article, Joseph Farah raised the same issue

If no one else will ask the question, I will: “Mr. President, if Donald Trump wins the election to become the next president of the United States, will you willingly and peacefully leave office and cooperate fully with the transition of power the way all of your predecessors in the White House have done in the past?”

It’s a simple question that needs to be asked and answered – given Obama’s highly inflammatory rhetoric over the last week.

Like Farah, I believe that it is a fair question.

If Barack Obama truly believes all of the things he said about Donald Trump, does he also believe that he has a responsibility to keep Donald Trump from taking office?

Absent a major national emergency of some sort, this would be very difficult for Obama to do.  But if there were some sort of enormous national crisis between now and next January, Barack Obama could potentially employ some of the extraordinary emergency powers that have been endowed on the office of the president over the past several decades.

There is not a single statute, regulation, executive order or presidential directive that contains all of the powers that a president would possess during a major national emergency.  Rather, these powers have been layered on top of one another for a very long period of time, and they come from literally dozens of different laws, regulations, court decisions, executive orders and presidential directives.

One document that I would refer you to is National Security Presidential Directive 51 which was put into effect during the Bush administration.  It is all about “national continuity policy” and it defines a “catastrophic emergency” as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions”.

In such a scenario, the president would have almost unlimited power, and he would wield enormously powerful executive orders such as this one.  If there was a big enough emergency, the president would potentially be able to declare martial law, suspend elections and essentially become a dictator.

Let us hope that we never see such a thing play out in the United States of America.

For the moment, there is not much of a threat that Obama will try to stop Trump from taking office because Hillary Clinton has jumped out to a huge lead in the latest McClatchy-Marist poll

The former secretary of State gained ground in the McClatchy-Marist poll, and Trump lost support. Clinton had the support of 48% of those surveyed, and Trump had 33%. Last month, Clinton had 42% while Trump had 33%.

When third-party candidates are included, Clinton’s lead held strong. She had 45%, and Trump had 31%, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson had 10% and Green Party candidate Jill Stein had 6%.

And the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that Clinton is leading Trump by a 47 percent to 38 percent margin.

One thing that I found interesting about both of these polls is that they show two third party candidates gaining ground.  The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll had Gary Johnson with 10 percent support and Jill Stein at five percent.

Jill Stein is still behind Johnson at this point, but she is potentially the much stronger candidate.  If she starts to catch fire with Bernie Sanders supporters, she could possibly even hit the 15 percent threshold for being invited to participate in the upcoming presidential debates.

And Donald Trump certainly needs something to change about this race, because right now he is really struggling.

But there is a long way to go until November, and as we have seen, anything is likely to happen in this election cycle.

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16 thoughts on “Will Barack Obama Try To Stay In Office If Donald Trump Wins The Election?”

  1. I do believe that the terms and phrases Obama used were intentional to set the stage that would permit him to claim that Trump’s being elected would constitute a condition of paramount circumstances that required Obama to classify the election results as a National Security Event and Emergency that as acting President, Obama would Claim a State of National Emergency until a follow-up election could be coordinated and held!

    • It’s called a coup de grace. Just like Hitler and Stalin and all the other historical genocidal maniacs. Don’t play naive. Why do you morons all want to submit to a tyrant dictator?You must truly hate yourselves and have guzzled the koolaid. Mental illness.

      • I never said Obama should, nor that he could, nor that he has a right to! I simply was saying that Obama in his Royal Arrogant, Self-Jusitified , Position of total ignorance, felt he could play a Typical Obama publicity stunt in order to rally his Zombie follower by saying stupid stuff that would set the stage for when the time was right to make his power play to stay in the White House.

  2. Like his election to the Illinois Senate by his groomers as a stepping stone the presidency, he is slated to take over the leadership of the united nations shortly after his term as president is over.

    • Yep. His plan is to move on. That’s why he is trying desperately through TPP to cede as much US power to the UN as he can so that he’ll have the power he needs once he runs the UN. Currently Secretary of the UN is a less powerful positions. Obama is working hard to make sure that changes in time for his change of office.

  3. At the point in time where Barack Obama refuses to leave office I believe the Military might step in and force him out. Any orders he gives past the election date are not constitutionally backed orders.
    Then he will be tried by the Congress for treason.
    The incoming candidate that has won will be put in as President.
    Along with an entirely new elected government both in the Congress and the Presidency.
    At least that is how it is supposed to work.
    It all hinges on whether or not our government has the fortitude do what is right.
    No one man or woman is the government. Our Military has to take its oath of office seriously. That means they uphold the constitution of this country no matter what.
    Neither is any elected official by themselves necessarily competent or incompetent.
    The system takes into account the imperfect nature of human beings and that is what makes it a brilliant system over all the systems we have seen in history.
    Even if you elected an idiot into office, the system itself will compensate.
    And I can name any number of people that have been inadequate to do the job properly.
    We have even impeached people that were criminals in nature.
    The problem I see is we have not impeached some people that needed impeaching.

  4. There is no concern of this happening. Trump, who was, and is, the spoiler for this election, is all but handing it to Hillary. He is imploding and tanking in the polls, as expected. He is deciding who to blame and then will go back to the private sector. This election is even more of a shame than the ones before it.

    • My wife has always said he talks like he does because he knows it will get him the vote of those who are most opposed to the establishment and will at the same time guarantee that he never wins the election. An article in the New York Times or NY Post, said that he told Nance that, if he agreed to become vice president, he’d put in charge of all foreign policy and all domestic policy and be the most powerful vice president ever. If that is true, it certainly shows Trump has no desire to actually do the work of governing. That’s the same as saying, “You’ll be in charge of everything.” Trump has always been only interested in showboating and only interested in doing whatever promotes Trump.

  5. Well here we go again. Every election since I have been paying attention (back when Moses was still in diapers) someone comes out and says some shenanigans will be pulled to keep the current holder in office. Might as well have been you this year, Michael.

    • It’s something I first saw trotted about some some self-appointed prophet and then repeated by a lot people too willing to believe anyone who claims to be a prophet is a prophet. None of these prophets’ believers ever hold them accountable when they’re wrong, so they keep on spewing the same swill.

    • He also chose the most status-quo Republican for vice president he could hope to find. If Trump dies, his replacement is the same establishment Republican you’ve always had. And his new tax plan — straight status-quo Republican stuff, assisted by Larry Kudlow as one of his advisors — that you always see from Republicans. This is a tax plan George Bush would have loved to pass because it guarantees huge tax savings to the rich by giving them lower taxes than the middle class (so long as they make their money, as most due, via capital gains and not wages). Trump’s approval of Ryan, choice of Nance, and adoption of a tax plan the Republicans now support is proof that he is, at the end of the day, just a trojan horse.

  6. I don’t believe polls. Most hard working Americans despise Hillary and her husband because of their corruption. Look in the dictionary for traitor and you will find those two are the very definition of traitors.

  7. Once Hillary got the official nod, some Bernie supporters went to her, permanently increasing her lead. Others went to third-party candidates — two in particular — gaining ground for them; but they are not likely to attract more than the Bernie supporters they just got.

  8. Yeah. Let’s cheer on this arrogant tyrant dictator. People are truly blind or in denial with these evil monsters and utter scofflaws that think themselves royalty. Obama has no legal leg to stand on and should be arrested for treason.

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