Commentator Donny Deutsch — not exactly the hottest predictor of what President Donald Trump will do next — is putting his money on the president refusing to leave office and calling on the military if he loses the 2020 election.
Deutsch looked into his crystal ball on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday after co-host Joe Scarborough lamented Trump declaring the hotly contested U.S. Senate election in Arizona — which Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won — was tainted by "corruption."
"This is how tyrants, this is how autocrats, this how dictators behave," Scarborough said of Trump. "I'm not saying Donald Trump is that, but he is borrowing their language, Donny."
What did Deutsch say?
Deutsch took it a step further, saying it could be a "harbinger of things to come."
"Imagine two years from now and that we will have a close election, and let's say a Democrat wins," Deutsch said, adding that Trump "will come out and say — he was already teeing it up in 2016 — 'No, no, this is wrong to my 50 million people. Take to the streets. These ballots are wrong. The sky is not blue. The sky is green.' That will be our biggest constitutional crisis."
Scarborough asked Deutsch — who was a friend of Trump prior to his presidential run — "Do you really think as things get worse and worse for him that he is going to put himself on the ballot in 2020 knowing he's going to lose? Because ... for all of his failures he's gotta know that he's going to lose. Things are going badly."
Deutsch replied that he believes Trump "will be disqualified" prior to the 2020 election, "but in the sad event he does run and he does lose — which would be a happy event — it would be stunning what we would see. He would be a president going, 'I’m not leaving. I’m not leaving. Call the military.' We have to look at this man. He really would do that. He would say, 'No, no, no ... I’m still here.' And even if they carried him out, he would turn to 50 million Americans and say, 'I’m still your president, and this is my new government.' This is what we’re dealing with here, kids."
What else has Deutsch said about Trump?
- Shortly before Trump’s 2016 presidential nomination, Deutsch said on “Morning Joe” that Trump “doesn’t want to be president” and claimed he wouldn’t end up on the Republican ticket, basing his assertion on a phone call he said he had with Trump. Deutsch had said numerous times that he and Trump were friends.
- Deutsch doubled down on the subject during another “Morning Joe” appearance, this time after Trump’s nomination: “Donald Trump is not winning this election, Donald Trump does not want to win — I’ve said this all along. He wants to run; he wants to have fun. He does not want to govern.”
- Any affection remaining between the pair has appeared kaput of late. In February, Deutsch said it’s time for people to take to the streets and spark a “revolution” against the “terrifying” acts of the “dictator” president.
- Amid the outcry of illegal immigrant children being separated from their parents at the border a few months back, Deutsch said that Americans who vote for Trump are like “Nazis.”