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In what way would invoking martial law have helped Trump overturn the 2020 election?

Mobilizing the army to change the outcome of an election is an established practice that has a long history across the world. It is called a coup. During a coup it is common practice to "modify&...
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In what way would invoking martial law have helped Trump overturn the 2020 election?

This was addressed in an open letter to General Milley, Secretary of the Joints Chiefs of Staff published on August 20th in Defense One by John Nagl, a retired army officer and a veteran of both Iraq ...
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In what way would invoking martial law have helped Trump overturn the 2020 election?

Those of us who have lived our lives in (more or less) stable democratic regimes have a difficult time wrapping our heads around this kind of maneuver, so allow me to make a couple of difficult points ...
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Under what circumstances has the USA invoked martial law?

The closest thing relevant might be Phenix City in 1954. According to Wikipedia, martial law was imposed to dismantle the local crime syndicate that was also in control of the local authorities. While ...
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Under what circumstances has the USA invoked martial law?

The Brennan Center for Justice complied a list of declarations of martial law in the United States in August 2020. Guide to Declarations of Martial Law in the United States The guide states that ...
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In what way would invoking martial law have helped Trump overturn the 2020 election?

In short no. The "theory" of martial law is that the President is charged with upholding the constitution and executing the legislation passed by Congress in accordance with the Constitution....
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In what way would invoking martial law have helped Trump overturn the 2020 election?

In no way could Trump try to use the military to alter the outcome of the election. Our military swears allegiance, not to the president, but to the US Constitution. There is no provision in the US ...
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Implications of Martial Law in the UK

The Civil Contingencies Act gives the government wide-ranging powers to modify or suspend almost any primary legislation. When the media talk about "Martial Law" what they are most often referring to ...
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In what way would invoking martial law have helped Trump overturn the 2020 election?

(Since my comment was deleted, presumably because it was an answer): in practical terms, given the current (respect for democracy) culture in the US army, it seems highly implausible such a maneuver ...
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Have any western governments asked Ukraine to commit to a specific deadline where the elections would have to be held anyway?

[Un]surprisingly, perhaps... WaPo reported last fall: Despite Russia’s war in Ukraine and a nationwide state of martial law, some Western politicians are pushing the government in Kyiv to hold ...
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In what way would invoking martial law have helped Trump overturn the 2020 election?

The power of any and all law is underpinned by and derived from the force with which it is enforced - predominantly the police and prison system. Martial law means direct military control. Since the ...
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In what way would invoking martial law have helped Trump overturn the 2020 election?

The first step is to declare the election fraudulent. The second step is to demand a "re-do". What next comes next depends on just how the election is re-done. The Republican party can be ...
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