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What If Trump Won't Leave?

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So we’ve had some fun here speculating what would happen if Trump refused to leave the White House on January 20. There's been (gleeful) talk of US Marshals hauling him out, or the Secret Service drawing lots to see who gets to do it. But now it seems this could be a real thing: What if Trump really won’t leave?

'It's turned crazy': Inside the scramble for Trump pardons

Yes, the lead is about the flood of pardon requests — described as one of the few things about the job Trump actually likes. But buried several paragraphs down is this tidbit:

In his moments of deepest denial, Trump has told some advisers that he will refuse to leave the White House on Inauguration Day, only to be walked down from that ledge. The possibility has alarmed some aides, but few believe Trump will actually follow through.

It might not happen. Trump has a long history of not following through on his threats.

“He's throwing a f***ing temper tantrum,” an adviser said. “He's going to leave. He's just lashing out.”

But AFAIK this is the first story to report that he’s actually thinking about it. What’s he gonna do? Chain himself to the Resolute Desk? Bring in some Proud Boys to block all doors to the Oval Office? Hide in the Sit Room with all the furniture pushed against the door? Threaten to use the nuclear football?

(On that last point: How many copies of the football are there, anyway? One of the traditions of the transfer of power is when the guy carrying the football steps away from the old president and stands behind the new president at exactly noon. They’d better not only have a working copy for Biden, but also be prepared to cut off the old one.)

Inquiring minds want to know.

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