Various critics of President Donald Trump speculated prior to Election Day about what might happen if he lost the race and refused to vacate the White House.
With the president still contesting the election, such debate is continuing within progressive circles, including former President Barack Obama’s recent suggestion that U.S. Navy SEALs could potentially be dispatched to the executive mansion to evict his successor, as reported by The Hill.
“You lived there for eight years”
The apparent joke came during a recent appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live as he promoted his latest memoir.
At one point during the interview, Kimmel raised the prospect of possible reactions to Trump’s refusal to leave on Inauguration Day, assuming Democratic nominee Joe Biden is ultimately certified as president-elect and sworn into office.
“You know the White House well,” the host said. “You lived there for eight years. Are there places someone could hide?”
“We can always send the Navy SEALs in there”
Kimmel went on to inquire about secretive spots or “cubby holes” that would be useful “if, say, they were going to be removed.”
With a laugh, Obama replied: “Well, I think we can always send the Navy SEALs in there to dig him out.”
As CBS News noted, Trump has declined to concede the race to Biden, opting instead to demand recounts and launch legal challenges in states where he contends voter fraud and other election irregularities were likely factors in Biden’s victories.
Even prior to the election, however others on the left made remarks similar to Obama’s joke — including Biden, who entertained the fantasy during an appearance on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
“Escort him from the White House”
The former vice president told host Trevor Noah that, if Trump refused to vacate after a loss, military forces “will escort him from the White House with great dispatch.”
As Breitbart noted, Obama went on to praise his predecessor, George W. Bush, for being “gracious” and “helpful” during the transition process.
Of course, there were far fewer allegations of fraud and human error swirling around Obama’s 2008 victory than there are in the aftermath of the 2020 race.