The Corner

Is It Still a ‘Coup’ If Democrats Do It?

(File photo: Jeenah Moon/Reuters)

There was a lot of talk about how Donald Trump’s challenges to the election amounted to a “coup.” Some of that was just a confusion of methods: It’s not a coup to have an election resolved through the legal process of recounts and court challenges — at least, not unless the judges themselves abandon the path of applying written law, something conservative judges have been quite unwilling to do. (This would be my quibble with Jason Steorts’ response to my earlier column on Trump-coup rhetoric — a court process is not the same as asking a legislature to override the