UNFOUNDED rumors have spread suggesting PresidentDonald Trump could declare martial law in an attempt to overturn his valid election loss.
Trump’s anger about the election culminated with the storming of the Capitol by his supporters on January 6, leaving five people dead and many others injured.
Trespassers are confronted by security at the Capitol on January 6[/caption]
Donald Trump has previously rubbished claims he will consider implementing martial law.
What is martial law?
Martial law is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the law administered by military forces that is invoked by a government in an emergency when the civilian law enforcement agencies are unable to maintain public order and safety.”
It has been declared 68 times in the US, with 29 declarations coming during labor disputes, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.
Four declarations came during natural disasters and two more came during wars or invasions.
“Martial law has long been mired in confusion in the UnitedStates, but that has not always stopped state and federal officials from declaring it,” the Brennan Center writes.
Pro-Trump supporters storm the Capitol[/caption]
The federal government has not declared martial law since it restored civilian rule to Hawaii in 1944.
Martial law was last declared on the state level in 1963 when Maryland Governor J. Millard Tawes imposed it on the city of Cambridge in connection with race riots.
Five people died as Trump supporters rioted[/caption]
To succeed two-thirds of senators would have to vote to impeach the outgoing president before the end of his term on January 20.
The document, which has over 150 sponsors, accuses Trump of violating his Constitutional duty by encouraging a crowd of his supporters to fight the vote to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory and denounces him as a “threat to national security.”
“Wherefore, President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law,” it continued.
“President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, and profit under the UnitedStates.”