1/ Listen, Donald Trump has no intention of leaving office. Don't allow yourself to think otherwise. What norm has he not shit on at this point? And what norm have Republicans not LET him shit on? Name one. What makes you think they'd move to remove him if he refuses?...
2/ What makes you think the GOP led Senate will stop him if he moves to invoke the insurrection act to put down protests after insisting the vote was rigged against him? What makes you think his supporters won't start mass violence if he loses? He is all but telling them to...
3/ For him to say, as he has, that "the only way Biden can win is if they steal the election," is a clear sign. It's something no sane person could believe -- after all, we're a pretty divided nation, where elections can go either way, obviously and legitimately...
4/ So the only reason to say that is to lay the groundwork for right wing insurrection if you lose. By signaling to your base that anything other than a win was obviously stolen from them...and the GOP will let this happen. If I'm wrong, give me evidence as to why?...
5/ Find me the republicans in the senate who would right now go on record committing to haul his ass out of the White House if he tried anything like that. NONE of them will agree to this. None...we all know it, and we all know why...they are complicit...
6/ Barring an absolute blowout -- I'm talking massive -- we'd better get prepared for something far worse than any of us have imagined...I mean, prepared.

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