What do you think will happen if Trump proves that Biden cheated and wins in court?
Answered by: Colin Riegels,History geek
Theoretically? OK, I’ll play.
It would be a massive, massive national scandal. People would be shocked (I mean, really shocked - not this sort of faux outrage playing for the gallery that we are seeing now from Republicans).
Firstly, the idea that the most powerful country on earth could have its electoral process effectively subverted would be shocking in itself.
Secondly, there would be the extraordinary complexity of the fraud. Each state handles its own elections separately an isolated. The fraud would have to spread across multiple states - all of whom operate different systems. It would have to defy multiple checks and balances in each state. It would have to involve thousands of people. It would be a fraud of staggering complexity, unlike anything we have ever seen.
Thirdly, you would have to admire Biden’s restraint in such a scenario (or question his sanity). He would have cheated to win his own election yes, but he has condemned himself as a lame duck by leaving Republicans in charge of the Senate and with increased representation in the House. You would have to ask why if he was taking all these incredible risks to falsify so many ballots, why he didn’t take the time to falsify other names on the same ballot to ensure that he doesn’t enter his administration as a lame duck.
Fourthly, thousands - possibly tens of thousands - of people are going to go to prison for electoral offences. It is hard to put an exact number on how many people would have had to be involved for something like that to happen.
The seismic political reverberations from an event would be unpredictable. Financial markets would probably collapse on the political uncertainty as to what follows. There would be huge amounts of social disruption. There might be some rioting (inevitably some people would refuse to accept that Biden had actually cheated). The idea that such an event would just lead to Trump being put in the White House and everyone going happily to work the next day is unrealistic. An event like that being proven before an independent judicial tribunal would lead to carnage - certainly metaphorically and quite possibly literally.