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    Trump supporters want him to use a 200-year-old law if he loses polls

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    Fear of rigged polls
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    Fear of rigged polls

    US President Donald Trump has repeatedly cast doubts over the November 3 presidential poll results. “The only way we’re going to lose this election is if the election is rigged,” Trump said last month. Meanwhile, Republican strategist and convicted felon Roger Stone has suggested US President Donald Trump to use a 200 year old law, called Insurrection Act of 1807, if he loses the presidential polls.

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    What is  Insurrection Act of 1807
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    What is Insurrection Act of 1807

    In US, state governors generally have the authority to maintain order within state borders. However, under the Insurrection Act, the president can send in the military to suppress a domestic insurrection that has hindered the normal enforcement of US law. (Representative Image)

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    Has it been invoked before?
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    Has it been invoked before?

    The Insurrection Act has been invoked several times in the past. However, as per as US Congressional report, the Act's use has become “exceedingly rare” since the civil rights movement of the 1960s. As per Reuters, it was last used in 1992, when the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King led to deadly riots.

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    What Trump supporters want
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    What Trump supporters want

    Roger Stone, who calls himself political "dirty trickster" and had advised Trump during 2016 polls, has urged him to use the law to arrest Hillary and Bill Clinton, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Apple's Tim Cook and “anybody else who can be proven to be involved in illegal activity”.

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    Has Trump ever tried to use the law?
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    Has Trump ever tried to use the law?

    The Trump administration reportedly tried to use the Act to deal with massive protests in the US following George Floyd's death. “If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," Trump told reporters in June this year.

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