President Donald Trump didn’t just come up with his scheme to steal the 2020 Election via the Supreme Court, he got the idea from Russian state media.

Just days after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses to Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Such a refusal would violate a tradition going back to the first transition of power in our nation’s history when George Washington passed the reigns of leadership to John Adams in 1797.

“Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very—we’ll have a very peaceful—there won’t be a transfer frankly, there’ll be a continuation,” Trump said during a press conference, going on to suggest that he intends to get the Supreme Court involved in the election and that putting a new Justice on the bench is key to his plans to get reelected.

“I think this scam that the Democrats are pulling, it’s a scam, this scam will be before the United States Supreme Court and I think having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation,” he said. “Just in case it would be more political than it should be, I think it’s very important to have a ninth judge.”

Well, according to a damning report by The Daily Beast, Russia expert Julia Davis pointed out that Russian state media put these ideas out into the world before Trump picked them up and repeated them.

“Russia’s perennial authoritarian [Putin] is no fan of a ‘peaceful transfer of power’ either, unless it means a smooth transition from him—to himself,” Davis wrote. “[T]he Russian state media publicly concluded that the Supreme Court of the United States—including Trump’s nominee—would decide the outcome of the upcoming presidential election, days before the U.S. president made his ominous pronouncements.”

“As the expert in discrediting democratic institutions and setting up rigged court systems, Putin would surely agree,” she continued. “Perhaps this scenario was even discussed during one of many conversations between the two world leaders, which have become unusually frequent in 2020.”

This is an alarming report that all Americans should take seriously. Trump is literally taking advice from Russian state media and Putin on how he can stay in power by undermining democracy and the rule of law. This scheme of his came right out of Putin’s playbook. If Trump is allowed to stay in power, that means our country will truly be ruled by Putin, making Trump his “useful idiot.”

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