In September of 2020, The Atlantic published a story by Barton Gellman which discussed how the GOP would attempt to subvert a Biden. Among other things, Gellman wrote that:
According to sources in the Republican Party at the state and national levels, the Trump campaign is discussing contingency plans to bypass election results and appoint loyal electors in battleground states where Republicans hold the legislative majority. With a justification based on claims of rampant fraud, Trump would ask state legislators to set aside the popular vote and exercise their power to choose a slate of electors directly. The longer Trump succeeds in keeping the vote count in doubt, the more pressure legislators will feel to act before the safe-harbor deadline expires.
I can totally understand why serious people dismissed Gellman’s article as hysterical. Take John Eastman, for example. There’s nothing wrong with a little brainstorming and a few ineffectual gambits there. Just ask Mark Meadows, Virginia Thomas, Rodger Stone, Donald Trump, and the 147 Senators and Representatives who voted against certifying the 2020 election.
Remember, kids, the true outrage was when the American Political Science Association moved John Eastman’s panel online. It’s a dark day in American when those who try to prevent the peaceful transfer of power face social or professional consequences for their actions.