While many — particularly on the left — are citing the coronavirus pandemic as a reason to expand the use of mail-in ballots for the November election, the Trump administration has warned that such a move would increase the potential for voter fraud.
Those concerns were clearly on President Donald Trump’s mind when he was recently asked by Fox News personality Chris Wallace if he would accept the results of the election, and it was also clear that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) didn’t like his answer, pledging that action will be taken to remove him from office, if necessary, as Reuters reported.
At one point during their Sunday interview, Wallace wanted to know if the president was “suggesting that [he] might not accept the results of the election?”
“He will be leaving”
“No. I have to see,” Trump replied. “Look you — I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say ‘yes.’ I’m not going to say ‘no.’ And I didn’t last time, either.”
Pelosi was quick to condemn that response the following day, and while doing so, she appeared to liken President Trump to a cockroach or some other household pest.
“There is a process,” U.S. News & World Report quoted the veteran California Democrat as saying during an MSNBC interview on Monday.
“It has nothing to do with if 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,” she continued, adding:
Whether he knows it yet or not, he will be leaving. Just because he might not want to move out of the White House doesn’t mean we won’t have an inauguration ceremony to inaugurate a duly elected president of the United States.
Popular talking point
Speaker Pelosi is not the first person in her party to discuss the prospect of physically removing Trump from the White House in the event that he loses come November.
In June, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah that he has also contemplated a scenario in which force would have to be used to facilitate a transfer of power away from President Trump.
“I promise, I am absolutely convinced [the military] will escort him from the White House with great dispatch,” the former vice president told Noah’s audience.
Biden went on to voice election fraud fears of his own, saying that his “single greatest concern” is that Trump “is going to try to steal this election.”
Given his continued gaffes, mental miscues, and troubling poll numbers among key demographic groups, it seems that Biden’s vision of forcibly extracting President Trump from the Oval Office may be a case of putting the cart well before the horse.