Will Obama Declare Martial Law to Stay in Office if 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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Contributed by Michael Snyder of The American Dream.

Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream , The Truth and Economic Collapse Blog.

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  • Herman Nelson

    Barry- GFY. Do keep in mind that gun sales have been off the charts for the last 15 months. Realistically, they have been off the charts since you won the election in 2008. Your backstabbing executive order laying the ground work to federalize the local police did get noticed by your employers (the tax payers).

  • Lance H

    I suppose it’s possible. I’m reading an interesting work of fiction called “Liberty’s Last Stand” by Stephen Coonts. It’s August 2016 and there is a terrorist attack in America. Shortly afterward, president Barry Soetoro declares marshal law. The book is about all that follows and is really interesting. Highly recommend.

    • rich

      It’s ‘martial law’ not ‘marshal law’!

      • Lance H

        Right, thanks.

  • Rayven Wrathchild

    Lol….. talk about the pothead calling the kettle black. And Barry thinks being a political agitator made him ready to be POTUS? Go away hypocrite!

  • Anonymous1

    Want to see how fast a Civil War can start?

    • Gary D Flatt

      Talk about the shortest “war” in history.

  • truthsayer

    Shemitah Boy Snyder quotes the Farah-see himself. Great journalism.

  • SexualMustard

    Obama the hypocritical buffoon calling the kettle black.

  • Jonn

    Guys…look at the reality of the situation. He doesn’t need an “incident” to do this. He could do it tomorrow and most of the sheeple wouldn’t bat an eyelash.

    In fact, most would praise him. “See? He’s protecting us against all those terrorists in the shadows. So what if we have to house troops in our homes, submit to body cavity searches every other Wednesday, and pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of Obama? At least we’re safe from Islam!”

  • BostonLiberty

    Insurrection. Revolution.

  • John Burns

    On January 20, 2017 Obama’s term as president ends and there exists no martial law or executive order, nor could such exist, that would allow him to continue to hold power. The President can not on his own amend the Constitution. Should he refuse to leave the White House he should be arrested for trespassing and perhaps other violations of law. Yes, Obama is a foggy minded and fantasy oriented man but that does not confer on him supra Constitution powers. Maybe he is like Khan and believes he can draw on Sharia law and Allah to stay in office. Unfortunately articles like these may implant the idea that he could stay in power– but it would be a coup and without military backing it would be very short lived.

    • Phil_Ossifer

      Exactly, John. There is no such mechanism that allows a sitting president to cancel or suspend elections. Hell, even Frankenstein Roosevelt ran for reelection in 1944 during WWII. If Oblather tried to exceed his term in office by such an artifice even the libs in Congress would vote for impeachment. Especially if the Hildabeast won because her supporters wouldn’t stand for it. How dare you usurp the Queen’s throne, you uppity darkie.

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      • joeyman9

        There would be no need to vote impeachment (as if the congress would!!!) because he would not be legally occupying the office. Impeachment is a legal proceeding and staying in “office” would be illegal. Laws have no force against those willing to break them. In that case it would be up to the security forces weather to keep him in office or not, as it is in all dictatorships.

        • Phil_Ossifer

          If he tried to suspend elections while he was still in office then impeachment would be the appropriate action. After January 20, 2017, he no longer has the power to suspend anything. So he would have to do this in the next five months and the likelihood of that is about zero. He is not going to do anything to keep the Hildabeast from occupying the throne.

    • rich

      John, legally he can declare martial law and suspend the election. He would then have free reign without any interference from Congress for 6 months. Can you imagine what he can do in 6 months without anyone stopping him? First of all he will announce his choice for Supreme Court Justice, which will give him a 5 liberal majority. Once that happens he will never again lose a decision there. With a liberal majority how long do you think it will take him to have the 2nd Amendment ruled illegal and the 22nd Amendment to no longer be in use. The way things have changed in this country Obama will never again lose a presidential election. Trump is our last hope but the powerful Obama can wipe him out with one swoop of his executive order pen. And who would stop him if he already has Congress’s hands tied?

      • Phil_Ossifer

        If he can “legally” suspend elections for six months, then please cite the law or constitutional provision that allows for this. Elections, that is, where sheeple can vote, are state matters, not federal. And there is no mechanism to keep the Electoral College from meeting. You can’t rule a Constitutional amendment “illegal” because the amendment itself is the law.

        • rich

          IF he ever gets the 5th liberal in SCOTUS he will be able to get anything he wants ruled the way he wants it. We have already seen the liberal justices don’t make decisions according to the Constitution so why would they start now? And what would Congress do about it? Nothing! As for the law or provision, try looking it up on Bing.

          • Phil_Ossifer

            In other words…you don’t know. Because there is no such law or provision.

          • rich

            No, in other words look it up yourself!

  • Stew E

    What a joke for Obama to be calling someone unfit. That piece of shit never had a job in his life. He could not manage a child’s birthday party much less a country. His absolute ignorance and lack of education make Obama unfit to teach kindergarten math. Trump went to some of the best schools n the world and has accomlshed a great deal in his career.

  • Jim

    The way BHO has trampled the Constitution since day one, and the fact that he rules by fiat and decree, plus he has come right and said that he has no use for Congress, then anything could happen.

  • SP_88

    If Trump wins the election, then clearly he is the one we want to be president. Who cares what Obama’s opinion about Trump is. The problem is that Obama doesn’t have much experience doing what the American people want him to do, which is his job. He would rather do what he wants to do, and screw what we want. Obama couldn’t care less about what we want. And that includes who we want to be the next president.
    If the American people all voted for Daffy Duck for president, Obama has to respect that decision whether he likes it or not. His opinion is completely irrelevant.
    Another question to ask about this: if the emergency the president uses as an excuse to stay in office is his own creation, can be still stay in office? Or will be be arrested and the new president takes his place? Because obviously, if Obama and his administration are responsible for a disaster or emergency intended to keep him in the White House, he should be put in jail and put on trial for his crimes.

  • ExecutorOffice

    Nigerian Hussein is a POS

  • Cynical Bastard

    Nah. He won’t, and he can’t. Any move he makes will have to be before the election and even then it can only be postponed until any crisis (such as an EMP “attack”) is over.

    But who says he wants to? Anybody that gets handed the job is cut from the same bolt of cloth as he is. They’re all in bed together and the sooner you people realize this the better off we’ll all be.

    I’ve been watching this shit for more than a half century now and it’s always the same. “When so-and-so gets into office it’s all gonna be rainbows and unicorn farts.”

    This is the very definition of the word “sheeple.”

    Even you folks who have “awakened to the truth” are still buying into this crap and discussing it as if it really makes a difference. You’re still sheeple and don’t even know it. You look to one “leader” to “save” you when you should be looking to yourselves.

  • Shadow_58

    Borax Insane Osama can attempt it but, he’ll also face a few million American with guns and plenty of ammo marching down Pennsylvania Ave. toward the White House. I don’t have to explain what will occur when they get there.

  • Jean

    Better get ready because if Hillary gets in that is the end. I would not worry about Barry does’t look like Trump is going to win. Seems like the Stupid Americans didn’t get enough of Barry for eight years i think they are asking for more misery well they are going to get it if she is elected, but this time we don’t get anymore chances. The first thing will be a depression and a big one.

    • Funkenstein ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      HahahHaah!!!!

  • Mike A. Scalise

    I believe if the porch monkey tried something like that the good citizens of the USA would put him down like a rabid animal.

  • Kitsy WooWoo

    I’m always curious about this poll-taking. Are they asking the same people over and over again, or do they somehow rustle up fresh meat to supply them with their meaningless statistics? And, of course, the old question: Why am I never asked?

  • Most Americans wouldn’t care if martial law was declared today as long as they can continue to play pokeman go and watch some reality show. Americans are into nothing and their so-called representatives know it.

    • Cynical Bastard

      LMAO. This is fucking straight-up truth. Here I was waiting for the zombie apocalypse and I fucking missed it! They’re all around me and I can’t shoot them in the heads because you have to hit the brain and with my eyes I can’t hit such a small target anymore.

      Fuck!

      It’s frustrating.

  • Oingo Boingo

    The Secret Service should give the Indonesian citizen, flappy mouthed cokehead, fraudulently installed mole, homo BJ enthusiast, Communist tool of Talmudic Nation Wreckers The Caligula Solution…TODAY.

  • Gary D Flatt

    The police and the military won’t enforce “Martial” law against the American people and the Constution. Barry better be on a jet to some place without an extradition treaty with USA. Don’t forget “Fast and Furious,” and conspiracy to commit murder.

  • Kimberly H.

    I think it’s cute how he likes to go on about Democracy, but refuses to follow the basic rules of living in a Democracy. If Trump is elected President, it is your duty and obligation to step aside. Refuse and you’re a tyrant, and Civil War will be declared on you: The People vs. the Government.

  • luvsthenews

    Trump Won!!!!…and now left wing nuts are rioting…and plan to protest and riot right past ‘Inauguration Day.’ Obama is doing nothing about it right now as it gets worse by the day. This is coming!!! 😭

  • Crusin’ On By

    He definitely should have. A few sheep voters combined with tens of millions of fake votes with help from Russia and a technicality got Chump into office. 100 days in and even his zombie followers don’t like him anymore lol