House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded to President Donald Trump’s refusal during an hour-long interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace to say unequivocally that he would accept the results of the 2020 election, saying that Trump “will be leaving” the White House in 2020 “whether he knows it yet, or not.”
Trump responded to a query from Wallace about the security of mail-in voting and whether he would accept the 2020 results, saying, “I have to see. Look, I have to see. I’m not going to just say ‘yes.’ I’m not going to say that and I didn’t last time, either.”
While it seemed pretty clear that Trump was reserving the right to object to large-scale vote anomalies that might occur and throw election results into serious question, Pelosi jumped on Trump’s refusal to give a blanket answer to the question.
She ran straight to MSNBC on Monday morning to blast Trump and declare that he wouldn’t have a choice in the matter.
“There is a process”
“There is a process,” Pelosi said on Morning Joe. “It has nothing to do with a certain occupant of the White House doesn’t feel like moving and has to be fumigated out of there.”
Pelosi seems to be assuming that Trump will lose the election, which is always a dangerous assumption to make even when you don’t have a Democrat candidate that the majority of the electorate thinks has dementia.
“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,” she continued to bluster, ignoring the fact that while Trump is currently behind in most polls, he was similarly behind at this point in 2016.
Pelosi must know that once Joe Biden comes out of his basement and has to debate Trump, the race could quickly shift in Trump’s favor once again. By any measure, Biden looks frail and slow, and has well earned his “Sleepy Joe” nickname from Trump.
Wallace acknowledges Trump “took all the questions”
While Wallace has been critical of Trump in the past and did not go easy on him in the Sunday interview, he readily gave Trump credit for showing up and answering all of his questions–while pointing out that Biden has not done the same.
“The fact is, the president is out there. He’s out there in this broiling heat with me for an hour, he took all the questions. You can like his answers or dislike them but he had answers and Joe Biden hasn’t faced that kind of scrutiny, hasn’t faced that kind of exposure,” Wallace told Fox News’ Bret Baier on Monday.
Trump sparred with Wallace about several issues during the interview, including whether the U.S. had the lowest mortality rate of any country dealing with the coronavirus and whether Joe Biden’s newly released plan included defunding police.
Biden has said he does not support defunding police, but did say earlier this month that he “absolutely” supports redirecting funding from the police in some cases, which has been lumped in with police defunding by many detractors.