With global pandemic and social unrest at home complicating an already hotly-debated election season, national and international news outlets have been increasingly turning to Lawrence Douglas, Amherst’s James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, for perspective on the possibility that the 2020 election results will themselves be a matter of dispute.
The prospect of the 2020 election results possibly plunging democracy into turmoil is the subject of his new book, Will He Go?: Trump and the Looming Election Meltdown in 2020 (Twelve Books).
The book, writes The Atlantic’s Peter Nicholas, “lays out nightmare scenarios arising from a contested election: dueling claims about who won, with Congress and the courts unable to resolve the dispute.”
“The system … depends on people having internalized the norms that make a constitutional democracy work,” Douglas told Nicholas. President Trump has made a career of not keeping to such norms, Douglas contends.
"He has telegraphed that he will not accept an electoral defeat as anything other than as a sign of a fraudulent election. That is an incredibly dangerous situation," Douglas told Al Jazeera’s William Roberts.
“If you are a political junkie, you will love this little book,” writes John K. Collins of the Winnipeg Free Press. “Even if you are not, you may still find it as compelling as a Tom Clancy thriller — except that Clancy never paused for a bit of eye-glazing legal complexity.”
You can hear more about Douglas’s book in interviews he had with National Public Radio’s The Roundtable and The Lawfare Podcast, or read interviews with Vox, Boing Boing, and Watson (for German speakers).