As America trudges onward toward the 2020 presidential election, the nation’s liberals are in something of a tizzy over the possibility that President Trump may refuse to concede in the event that he loses to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
On Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) vowed, however, that—if he loses the election—Trump will leave the White House even if he has to be “fumigated.”
“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski pitched the question to Pelosi, referring to Trump’s recent interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace in which the President gave an ambiguous answer when asked if he would concede to Biden willingly.
“The fact is whether he knows it yet or not, he will be leaving,” Pelosi told Brzezinski.
“Just because he might not want to move out of the White House doesn’t mean we won’t have an inauguration ceremony to inauguration a duly elected President of the United States,” Pelosi went on.
“And you know, I’m second in line to the presidency—just last week I had my regular continuation of government briefing,” she continued. “This might interest you because I say to them, this is never going to happen, God willing it never will, but there is a process.”
“It has nothing to do with [whether or not] the certain occupant of the White House doesn’t feel like moving and has to be fumigated out of there because the presidency is the presidency,” Pelosi declared. “It’s not geography or location so, so much for him. I wouldn’t spend so much time on it that’s a victory for him because then we’re not talking about your first, more important subject, which is, what are we going to do to stop this vicious virus that is making an assault on our health, again, our lives, our livelihood and life of our democracy.”
Trump’s refusal to concede to Biden for any reason is a possibility that has been kicked around for some time now, especially by The Atlantic, who published two editorials on the issue earlier this year.
The Atlantic cited a June interview with Fox News in which Trump said that he would indeed accept defeat. “Certainly, if I don’t win, I don’t win,” he said at the time, adding that he would “go on, do other things.”
Senator Lindsey Graham told The Atlantic’s Peter Nicholas that he does not believe Trump would defy the results of the election: “I’m not buying into that nutty stuff. I’m not worried about that.”
Biden, however, did not have such certainty, predicting last month that Trump would try to “steal the election” and that the military might be needed to evict him: “I am absolutely convinced they will escort him from the White House with great dispatch.”
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