President Donald Trump said during a interview with Fox News on Friday that if he loses his bid for reelection in November, he will leave office peacefully and “do other things.”
Speaking with Fox host Harris Faulkner, Trump was specifically asked what would happen if he loses the election, to which he replied:
“Certainly, if I don’t win, I don’t win. You go on, do other things.”
However, in the very next breath, the president predicted that the nation would suffer if he doesn’t win a second term in office, according to Politico:
“I think it would be a very bad thing for our country.”
The president’s remarks come just a day after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah that he fully expects Trump will “try to steal the election.” However, Biden noted that if Trump digs in his heels and refuses to leave the Oval Office after he’s defeated, he’ll be physically removed:
“I was so damn proud to hear that four chiefs of staff coming out and ripping the skin off of Trump. I promise you, I am absolutely convinced they will escort him from the White House with great dispatch.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked about Biden’s comments and responded:
“I think that’s a ridiculous proposition.”
But based on Trump’s previous comments on the matter, the question isn’t the least bit ridiculous.
At campaign rallies, the president has said on multiple occasions that he might serve more than two terms in office, despite a Constitutional prohibition against such a move. He has also claimed that his supporters might “demand” he remain as president.
Additionally, Trump once suggested that China had the right idea when it came to letting leaders serve indefinitely:
“In 2018, when China’s ruling Communist Party eliminated that country’s two-term limit and paved the way for President Xi Jinping to serve indefinitely, audio leaked of Trump apparently joking at a closed-door fundraiser, ‘maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.'”
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