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What to watch out for in tonight’s presidential debate. If you’re hoping either Joe Biden or Donald Trump will emerge as the clear winner of tonight’s first 2020 presidential debate…

As the Dems debate in Miami, we revisit the question of what the president might do if one of them beats him in 2020

Illustration: Lulu Lin

Donald Trump loves fast food, golf, and dictators. Especially dictators. During the course of his presidency, he has invited Rodrigo Duterte to the White House, praised Vladimir Putin’s leadership skills, and called Kim Jong Un “a smart cookie.” Such plaudits prompt an obvious question: If Trump could dispense with democracy, would he?

Many people fear the answer to that question. In Michael Cohen’s testimony to Congress in February, the president’s one-time attorney said, “I fear that if he loses the election in 2020, that there will never be a peaceful transition of power.” Cohen might not be the most reliable…

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