How dangerous is that? It’s very, very, very dangerous.
It’s deeply — deeply — naive to say something like: “Trump can’t postpone the election because he doesn’t have the power to!” Delaying an election is an abuse of power, the kind authoritarian collapses are made of, and Trump’s whole Presidency has been one long abuse of power, leading up to this, the big one. The Constitution? Don’t kid yourself. Trump doesn’t care about it much, from emoluments to aiding enemies to protecting people’s rights. Power, abusing it, is what you can get away with in a collapsing society. The question is: “can Trump get away with delaying or thwarting the election?”
And the answer to that is…well, first let me put that in more context. The pundits at this moment are busy trying to calm the Twitter masses — by saying that Trump “can’t” postpone the election. “Can’t” is a big word, especially coming from pundits about Trump. These are the same folks who’ve been wrong — catastrophically, for Americans — about every single thing Trump’s done. They’re the ones who scoffed at the idea he’d build camps, throw people in them, purge the government, raid towns, and so forth. Are they wrong again?
The short answer is: yes, but.Again, it’s not binary.