Continuing in his news organization’s long history of promoting conspiracy theories by “ just asking the question,” WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah yesterday took it upon himself to ask “the obvious question no one’s asking Obama”: Will the president leave office if Donald Trump is elected?
Farah speculates that the president’s recent criticism of Trump may indicate a plan to ignore the Constitution and maintain power even after November’s election. While Farah claims that Obama’s recent comments about Trump’s fitness to serve as president are responsible for his third-term fears, this is far from the first time he or his outlet have speculated that the president will attempt to stay in office past January 2017.
It’s clear Obama has no use for Donald Trump. But that’s not really the point here.
Like it or not, and I don’t like it, Obama is the sitting president of the United States until Jan. 20, 2017.
The question this harsh, unprecedented attack by a sitting president on a major-party nominee to succeed him raises should be obvious: What happens if Donald Trump wins the election in November?
Given what Obama has said about Trump, would he not have an obligation to prevent Trump from assuming office? And what would that mean to the peaceful process America has enjoyed for more than two centuries of transitions of power?
These are questions Americans have never before been confronted with in American history.
Should we not be concerned about what Obama might do?
Should he not be asked pointedly about the implications of his stunning statements?
Should he not express exactly what his intentions are beforehand rather than to leave any doubt in the minds of the people?
If no one else will ask the question, I will: “Mr. President, if Donald Trump wins the election to become the next president of the United States, will you willingly and peacefully leave office and cooperate fully with the transition of power the way all of your predecessors in the White House have done in the past?”
It’s a simple question that needs to be asked and answered – given Obama’s highly inflammatory rhetoric over the last week.
There should be no doubt in the minds of the American people. There should be no veiled threats hanging over the heads of the citizenry as we prepare for the next election. It’s time for Obama to lay his cards on the table.
Will America follow the rule of law and the will of the people after the November election no matter what Obama might think about his successor?