If Trump Wins, Will Obama Declare Martial Law To Remain In Office? “These Are Not Normal Times”


This article was written by Michael Snyder and originally published at End of the American Dream.

If Donald Trump wins in November, will Barack Obama leave office and hand over power in an orderly fashion? Normally we would not even have to ask such a question, but these are not normal times. This week, Obama publicly stated that Trump “is unfit to serve as President” and that he is “woefully unprepared to do this job“. In addition, he told the press that Trump “doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world.” If Obama really believes those things are true, would he really just stand aside and hand the keys to the White House to Trump?

Never before have I ever heard a sitting president claim that one of the major party candidates could not function as president. But that is what Obama has just done. The following is an excerpt from a transcript of remarks made by Obama earlier this week that comes directly from the official White House website. I have highlighted certain phrases in bold text, because I want you to truly consider the implications of what he is saying here…

But there have been Republican Presidents with whom I disagreed with, but I didn’t have a doubt that they could function as President. I think I was right, and Mitt Romney and John McCain were wrong on certain policy issues, but I never thought that they couldn’t do the job. And had they won, I would have been disappointed, but I would have said to all Americans they are — this is our President, and I know they’re going to abide by certain norms and rules and common sense, will observe basic decency, will have enough knowledge about economic policy and foreign policy and our constitutional traditions and rule of law that our government will work, and then we’ll compete four years from now to try to win an election.

But that’s not the situation here. And that’s not just my opinion; that is the opinion of many prominent Republicans. There has to come a point at which you say, enough.


Earlier today, I came across an outstanding article by Joseph Farah of WND in which he summarized the claims that Obama was making against Trump…

  • He said Trump would not abide by “norms and rules and common sense.”
  • He questioned whether he would “observe basic decency” should he reach the Oval Office.
  • He said he would have been disappointed to lose the elections of 2008 and 2012, but never doubted whether his rivals in those elections, John McCain and Mitt Romney, could function as president or had the knowledge to make government work. “That’s not the situation here,” he added.
  • He added Trump “doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding, to occupy the most powerful position in the world.”
  • He said he was “woefully unprepared to do this job.”
  • Obama said Trump lacked knowledge about Europe, the Middle East and other parts of Asia.

This is some extremely strong language, and I truly wish one of the reporters at the press conference would have asked one incredibly important follow up question.

Will Barack Obama try to stay in office if Donald Trump wins the election?

In his article, Joseph Farah raised the same issue

If no one else will ask the question, I will: “Mr. President, if Donald Trump wins the election to become the next president of the United States, will you willingly and peacefully leave office and cooperate fully with the transition of power the way all of your predecessors in the White House have done in the past?”

It’s a simple question that needs to be asked and answered – given Obama’s highly inflammatory rhetoric over the last week.

Like Farah, I believe that it is a fair question.

If Barack Obama truly believes all of the things he said about Donald Trump, does he also believe that he has a responsibility to keep Donald Trump from taking office?

Absent a major national emergency of some sort, this would be very difficult for Obama to do. But if there were some sort of enormous national crisis between now and next January, Barack Obama could potentially employ some of the extraordinary emergency powers that have been endowed on the office of the president over the past several decades.

There is not a single statute, regulation, executive order or presidential directive that contains all of the powers that a president would possess during a major national emergency. Rather, these powers have been layered on top of one another for a very long period of time, and they come from literally dozens of different laws, regulations, court decisions, executive orders and presidential directives.

One document that I would refer you to is National Security Presidential Directive 51 which was put into effect during the Bush administration. It is all about “national continuity policy” and it defines a “catastrophic emergency” as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions”.

In such a scenario, the president would have almost unlimited power, and he would wield enormously powerful executive orders such as this one. If there was a big enough emergency, the president would potentially be able to declare martial law, suspend elections and essentially become a dictator.

Let us hope that we never see such a thing play out in the United States of America.

For the moment, there is not much of a threat that Obama will try to stop Trump from taking office because Hillary Clinton has jumped out to a huge lead in the latest McClatchy-Marist poll

The former secretary of State gained ground in the McClatchy-Marist poll, and Trump lost support. Clinton had the support of 48% of those surveyed, and Trump had 33%. Last month, Clinton had 42% while Trump had 33%.

When third-party candidates are included, Clinton’s lead held strong. She had 45%, and Trump had 31%, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson had 10% and Green Party candidate Jill Stein had 6%.

And the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that Clinton is leading Trump by a 47 percent to 38 percent margin.

One thing that I found interesting about both of these polls is that they show two third party candidates gaining ground. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll had Gary Johnson with 10 percent support and Jill Stein at five percent.

Jill Stein is still behind Johnson at this point, but she is potentially the much stronger candidate. If she starts to catch fire with Bernie Sanders supporters, she could possibly even hit the 15 percent threshold for being invited to participate in the upcoming presidential debates.

And Donald Trump certainly needs something to change about this race, because right now he is really struggling.

But there is a long way to go until November, and as we have seen, anything is likely to happen in this election cycle.


  1. Chuck Findlay says:

    I don’t think Trump is going to win even if he gets more votes.

    The Dems and Clinton camp are going to do whatever in needed to win. Honestly counting votes is not in the picture.

    Just because you put honest figures into a computer doesn’t mean you get honest results out of a computer.

  2. time to pray.
    only God can stop the devil and his servants from completing the evil one’s conquest of this country.

  3. SweetPea says:

    I would say that the chances of Obama declaring martial law are about equal to that of Jade Helm producing martial law. Still waiting for that one…

    • Nice. Too many “the sky is falling” thinking in here sometimes. It gets distracting. Good to see a level headed person in here from time to time….lol

  4. marine mike says:

    To quote Stalin – those who cast the vote don’t decide elections, those who count the vote do.

  5. Anonamo Also says:

    I believe there will be an attempts to stir up all kinds of unrest…but unsure if the flouride in the water is sufficient to keep most pacified and don’t know how deep PPL, like Soros that pay protestors ,will extend their pockets to pay the stupid.
    Would be interesting if every voter voted absentee, kept a copy, and verified their vote….and a cross section of each polling/counting location had to verify each vote recorded and tallied. Independent counts from 6-10 ppl match before turned in… would take longer to count..but be harder to skew.

  6. I would love to know where this “martial law means the sitting president can stay in office indefinitely” came from. The United States Constitution limits the amount of time an individual can occupy the office of POTUS. When a new president is elected he takes office after the term of the sitting president expires. There in NOTHING in the Constitution that allows a sitting president to overstay his term(s) in office. What is so hard to understand about that? This is nothing more than doomsday porn for the uneducated.

    • Really, Frank? There is nothing in the Constitution that guarantees the right to a wedding cake either. The Constitution also guarantees gun rights, free speech and freedom of religion. We all see where those rights are headed. You can call this ‘doomsday porn for the uneducated” but I prefer to call it a warning to the wise.

  7. Thomas The Tinker says:

    Fear and fear mongering are what both political parties use to ‘steer’ the flock. Those with a product line or service related to the fear and… resultant paranoia just have to wave it under the noses of the flock like cake at a weight watches meet up. Those with out the gray matter or the will to actually notice the flock …. turn to hope.. close their eyes, tune out and … hope someone will lead them to safety and a meal.

    Some of these articles make for a fair fiction short story but they all seem to get the sheep moving in some direction or the other.

  8. Chuck Findlay says:

    Can’t remember where I read it, but I read that if Hillary gets in we could see a justices Obama as she could appoint him to the bench.

    That’s a scary thing, just as her being President is…

    • Can’t imagine that he bought that multi-million dollar mansion in DC just so his younger daughter could graduate from there. Yeah, I’m also figuring HRC wants to put him on the SC.

      • Chuck Findlay says:

        Yep he’s there to stay!

        The empire is in for some dark times ahead….

        Don’t think I will live long enough for it to emerge and see the light of freedom again.

        It may be that the USA has to break up for pockets of freedom to emerge.

    • LOL….Chuck & Mari – you guys prove P.T. Barnum right.

      • Chuck Findlay says:

        If that is so, why are you reading a prepper blog? If you want to admit it or not (even to yourself) you know something is wrong or you would not be here.

        • I filter though the chicken-little people and fantasy conspiracy’s to occasinonally get a new prepper idea…..for storms/natural disasters/realistic situations. Oh, and I do read the blog for laughs, even then it’s not meant to be funny.

  9. Unfortunately this is one time I agree with Obama. Trump doesn’t have the skills to be president,he is way to petty and childish to be in the top seat. That said Hillary scares me even more than Trump because she does have the background and will use it to push us towards communism because that’s what the liberals think is the right choice. Either way we are in for a whole lot of trouble.

    • My favorite president was Reagan. Good man, capable and right. The pundits didn’t think he had the right skills either. In my lifetime there was only one man elected to that office who did have the right skills and training and that was Nixon. Not my favorite president. But so many others were so much worse. Jimmy Carter for example. JFK’s father bought him the presidency and he had very little experience (except with women). Johnson was probably the second most qualified but he did everything wrong.

      The point is this isn’t about Trump’s experience or even if he is a rude loudmouth. He is the only one saying the right things and the long list of both Republicans and Democrats who oppose him is his best resume enhancer IMHO. He is the William Wallace of our time. We need him or someone like him. We are on the verge of an economic collapse and the Democrats/socialist/vultures are circling to destroy our republic forever. There is no second chance, no possibility of another revolution that would give us back our precious constitutional republic. Either we save it (and this is looking like our last chance) or we lose it. Simple as that. No time to wait for the perfect candidate. This is it. Are you with him or with her???

      They MUST take our guns. They cannot commit their crimes against democracy and our citizens if we are all armed. This is it, she will stack the Supreme Court and they WILL decalre the 2nd amendment to ONLY apply to an established federal militia. If she wins it’s over.

    • “…Unfortunately this is one time I agree with Obama. Trump doesn’t have the skills to be president,he is way to petty and childish to be in the top seat. ..”

      When it comes to recognizing if someone is skilled enough to be president, the Oturd should be an excellent judge since he is everything he is saying about Trump. Didn’t seem to stop him or any MSM demoncrat from claiming he’s God’s gift to earth.

      People need to get over their idiot ideas that someone “needs” to be “qualified” to run this, or any, country. Any person who has sucessfully run a household is fully capable of running a country.

  10. Chuck Findlay says:

    The long list of both Republicans and Democrats who oppose him is his best resume enhancer IMHO.

    Yep it says a lot. I don’t think he’s great at all. But the idea he would throw a wrench into the workings of DC politics is appealing in itself.

  11. I’m new here but here is my thoughts,I believe if hillary gets in all hell will break loose there will be an up rising possibly another cival war

  12. OhioPrepper says:

    is unfit to serve as President” and that he is “woefully unprepared to do this job

    Who would know better than TDL, or as we said in grade school: It takes one to know one.

  13. Stan Dillard says:

    I have believed since 2012 that O’Bama may well declare martial law to remain in office. If he does, I suspect he will “arrange” some type of disastrous circumstances before the end of the year to justify doing so——–at the expense of innocent American victims.

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