Is Donald Trump leading America toward a Belarusian model presidency?

The ultimate test could come at noon on January 20, 2021 (if not sooner) if, as the 20th Amendment mandates, the term of one US president ends and another begins — and two people show up to be sworn in. While there are some constitutional provisions that could light the way — the right of Congress, for instance, to bestow the presidency on one or the other, even if the Electoral College fails to agree on a single candidate — there is still some question whether the structure of Congress, with each state entitled to a single vote, would produce a result congruent with the broader electorate.

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