What if Trump loses but won’t go? DC big shots take this very seriously
Secret war-game session reveals genuine fear that the president could pull ‘anything’ to stay in power
One Friday afternoon last month a group of politicos logged on to Zoom to war-game what could happen after the US election. Among them were senior figures once in the White House, Pentagon, Homeland Security and Congress. They were split into teams.
Some acted as if they were in Donald Trump or Joe Biden's camp, making arguments accordingly. Others played Republicans or Democrats in Congress, or represented the media or the courts.
The given scenario – a technique commonly used in government and business to plan for crises – was simple: what if the morning after the vote it still was not clear who won?..