The niece of defiant President Donald Trump has released a chilling warning her uncle is planning to attempt a coup in the wake of his US election loss to Joe Biden.
Mary Trump has tweeted as her uncle fails to concede defeat that Biden won the election legitimately and decisively, but that the result would come with a toll.
“No matter how much Donald and his enablers lie and spin, nothing will change that,” the estranged niece and clinical psychologist said.
“But they’re going to break as much as they can on the way out. Stay vigilant – this is an attempted coup.”
It comes after Ms Trump released a tell-all book earlier this year, in which she dubbed her uncle a “monster”.
Ahead of Trump’s loss on Saturday (local time) when several major US broadcasters cut away from his press conference as he made baseless claims of electoral fraud, Ms Trump told MSNBC her uncle found himself in a position where nobody could bail him out.
“He’s desperate, he’s flailing, and there’s literally nothing he can do legitimately except to watch this play out helplessly,” she said.
“This wasn’t just Donald obfuscating or lying. This was Donald talking about an attempted coup. The leader of a country trying desperately to delegitimise an election. It’s obscene, and somebody’s got to step in and stop it.”
Niece’s text message to journalist revealed
After Trump discovered he had lost the election while playing golf in Virginia, his niece sent US journalist Katie Couric a text message she revealed during an interview on IGTV.
Ms Trump said to Couric in the message: “Consider yourself lucky that you’re not out on the golf course with him right now.”
Speaking to Couric, Ms Trump added the president would not accept the reality of his loss for a long time, if ever.
“I think we’ve seen in the last couple of days ... how badly he’s going to handle this,” she said.
“He claimed he won when he had not, when votes were still being added. He’s undermining people’s belief and faith in the legitimacy of an American election which is unheard of in our history and cannot be forgotten.”
Niece’s concern over president’s ‘revenge’
With Trump still in power until the inauguration on January 20, Ms Trump said she was very concerned about damage that could be done in that time.
“I think all of us should be concerned about it, it’s a ridiculously long time for a transition I'm not entirely sure why it's so long, but in this particular case it’s way too long because Donald is not fairing well, he's vindictive, he's desperate. And he's going to need to do something to gain some kind of equilibrium,” Ms Trump told Couric.
“He's never going to accept this loss, he's going to have to spin it in a particular way, but it is a blow, whether he's consciously aware of it or not.
“He may well use the power he continues to have until January 20 to exact some forms of revenge so we all need to be prepared for that.
“It could come in the form of outrageous executive orders that further weaken us in some ways, it could come in the form of pardons that demoralise us.
“It could come in the form of – and this is the one I'm most worried about – doing everything in his power to delegitimise at least in the eyes of his more fanatical followers the incoming administration.”
There has been a lot of speculation around what Trump will do before he hands back to the keys to the White House.
After sacking Defense Secretary Mark Esper in an unusual move, there are fears it could trigger a flurry of dismissals.
“It makes no logical sense whatsoever to fire someone who’s highly qualified with literally weeks before you turn over this office,” former US Army officer and Clinton cabinet member Barry McCaffrey told MSNBC.
“I’d say we ought to be apprehensive about what’s going on.
“This is an unusual move... the Senate’s got to step up and ask, what is going on?”
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