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Trump discussed replacing Electoral College with loyalists: NYT

  • President Donald Trump has been asking aides about a plan to remain in office by subverting the Electoral College, The New York Times reported Thursday.
  • Under the scenario, GOP-controlled state legislatures would ignore the popular vote in swing states, appointing Trump loyalists to the Electoral College to secure the president a second term.
  • Business Insider reported earlier Thursday that the plan was gaining currency among some Trump supporters — despite how unlikely it is to work.
  • Experts say that the scenario, though technically possible, faces enormous legal and political obstacles. 
  • The sources who spoke to the Times stressed that though Trump asked about the plan, he did not seem to entertain it seriously. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

President Donald Trump asked top aides about a wild plan involving replacing electors in swing states with loyalists to secure himself a second term, The New York Times reported on

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Trump allies are hyping a desperate, improbable plan to replace the electoral college with loyalists who will ignore voters and hand Trump a second term



a man in a suit standing in front of a crowd: President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pennsylvania, November 2, 2020. Carlos Barria/Reuters


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President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pennsylvania, November 2, 2020. Carlos Barria/Reuters

  • GOP figures have been pushing a desperate last-ditch plan to subvert the election and secure President Donald Trump another term. 
  • Under the plan, state officials would be prevented from certifying a Biden win. GOP legislators would then, in defiance of the vote, send pro-Trump electors to the Electoral College.
  • States on paper have the ability to do this, but would face a huge number of obstacles in doing so. Experts believe that the plan is doomed to fail.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

With Trump’s chances of successfully challenging the election result looking increasingly remote, allies of the president are talking up a wild, last-ditch attempt to ensure the president retains power. 

The plot, which seeks to exploit an obscure loophole in American democracy, was

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