“Trump has spent his [post presidency] figuring out how to pull off the coup he couldn’t pull off last time,” Maher argued, noting that the former President has systematically sought to eliminate those who kept him from overturning the election — from Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
On this, Maher is spot on. Since his 2020 election loss, Trump has spent the vast majority of his time fighting with his own party — insisting that they aren’t fighting hard enough and that he will find people willing to do just that come 2022.
Maher envisions a 2024 election where a) Trump runs again b) Trump wins the Republican nomination again and c) Trump refuses to acknowledge the results again.
The difference? “This time his claims of illegal voting by immigrants or mail-in ballots coming in after deadline or the system was hacked by Venezuela … will be fully embraced by the stooges he’s installing right now,” argued Maher.
That reality will create a post-election period in which two people are claiming to be president. In short, chaos. And in Maher’s imagining violent clashes the likes of which we only had a hint of on January 6.
“The dings-dongs who attacked the Capitol, that was like when al Qaeda tried to take down the World Trade Center with a van,” Maher said. “It was a joke. The next time they came back with planes.”
The Point: A year ago I might have rolled my eyes at Maher’s nightmare scenario. After what happened on January 6 — and the ways in which Trump and his allies have sought to rewrite what happened that day — we all should take what Maher envisions very seriously.