Francisco Toro has an excellent translation of Venezuela’s political crisis into an American context in today’s Washington Post. Read it!
It does have one flaw, however, which is that it intimates that the 1999 constitution prohibits Maduro from trashing the constitution. That’s not quite right.
Part of Toro’s translation of Venezuelan events to an American context runs as follows:
President [Trump] is not out of the woods yet. He’s still massively unpopular, protests rock the streets of Washington every day,and he still has to face the voters in November 2020. Realizing he can’t win — his approval rating hovers around 20 percent — he opts for a radical course of action: He invokes Article V of the Constitution to convene a Constitutional Convention, and signs an executive order setting out an unprecedented method for selecting members of that convention.
Article V of the constitution of the United States is pretty clear: the president has nothing to do with calling a convention. That power resides with state governments: