It has now been two weeks since the 2020 presidential election was called for Joe Biden, yet President Donald Trump still refuses to accept reality and concede to his opponent. Trump’s actions are setting an extremely dangerous precedent that could threaten democracy as we know it, despite the fact that he is clearly waging a losing battle. Some theories being tossed around in the media include that Trump is only contesting the results “as a form of theater” for his base, or that he’s gearing up to start his own network. But Edward Norton thinks he knows the real reason why, which he revealed in a Twitter thread on Friday morning.

“I’m no political pundit but I grew up with a dad who was a federal prosecutor and he taught me a lot,” the 51-year-old actor wrote. “I’ve also sat a fair amount of poker with serious players and I’ll say this: I do not think Trump is trying to ‘make his base happy’ or ‘laying the groundwork for his own network.'”

He continued, explaining why he thinks Trump’s real motivation is saving his greasy orange skin from the inevitable criminal charges and legal proceedings that undoubtedly await the former Celebrity Apprentice star the moment he exits the White House in January—whether he likes it or not.

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Let's just hope he's right. If the president has committed treasonous offenses, he absolutely needs to own up to them in a court of law, just like literally any other American citizen would. Let them drag him out kicking and screaming, if that's what it takes. Our democracy deserves better!

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*First Published: November 20, 2020, 11:56 am