Feet First? Trump Says He Won’t Leave White House When He Loses Election

‘We’re going to have to see what happens,’ says US president, again raising concerns over integrity of mail-in-ballots despite no evidence of fraud


 “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation. The ballots are out of control. You know it. And you know who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.”

WASHINGTON (Times of Israel) — US President Donald Trump on Wednesday again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.

“We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said at a news conference, responding to a question about whether he’d commit to a peaceful transfer of power. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”

The president, who uses mail-in voting himself, has tried to distinguish between states that automatically send mail ballots to all registered voters and those, like Florida, that send them only to voters who request a mail ballot.

Trump has baselessly claimed widespread mail voting will lead to massive fraud. The five states that routinely send mail ballots to all voters have seen no significant fraud.

Trump on Wednesday appeared to suggest that if states got “rid of” the unsolicited mailing of ballots there would be no concern about fraud or peaceful transfers of power.

“You’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer frankly,” Trump said. “There’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control, you know it, and you know, who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.”

In this August 18, 2020, file photo, a person drops applications for mail-in-ballots into a mail box in Omaha, Nebraska (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

In a July interview, Trump similarly refused to commit to accepting the results, and he made similar comments ahead of the 2016 election.

“I have to see. Look … I have to see,” Trump told Chris Wallace during a wide-ranging July interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either.”

The Biden campaign responded Wednesday, as it did after Trump’s July comments: “The American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”

It is highly unusual that a sitting president would express less than complete confidence in the American democracy’s electoral process. But Trump four years ago, when in the closing stages of his race against Hillary Clinton, also declined to commit to honoring the election results if the Democrat won.

When asked during an October 2016 debate about whether he would abide by the voters’ will, Trump responded that he would “keep you in suspense.”

It’s unlikely that any chaos in states with universal mail-in voting will cause the election result to be inaccurately tabulated, as Trump has suggested.

The five states that already have such balloting have had time to ramp up their systems, while four states newly adopting it — California, New Jersey, Nevada and Vermont — have not. Washington, D.C., is also newly adopting it.

Of those nine states, only Nevada is a battleground, worth six electoral votes and likely to be pivotal only in a national presidential deadlock.

California, New Jersey, Vermont and D.C. are overwhelmingly Democratic and likely to be won by that party’s nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.


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  1. Oh, and no individual mandate tax penalty anymore. Meaning the millions of people who still do not have one of the awful, corporatist health insurance plans Obama Care left intact no longer have to pay the tax for not having insurance… That’s… something…

    At some point, more of us have to realize that fighting over crumbs while the banker gangsters hoard the whole cake to themselves is not a choice we have to follow.

  2. Bonecusp pain in the heels is like a toothache, especially if you are a draft dodger, you cant know which heel it is, biden needs to make that joke in the debates !! The porn queen pussy grabber is fooling the dumb redneck southern evangelicals using Pompeo (and 5th gen baptist kansan wife), but the upside down bible waving faker will be found out by the bible belters before nov 3.

    • A heel spur is evidenced through xrays and some medical proof. The evidence from those who were there? Dad got the diagnosis for his son as a favor, perhaps bribe, perhaps threats. Were the diagnosis accurate, there would have been corrective surgery but Trump has never been treated for this problem. There would also have been symptoms which would have prevented athletic activity, and Trump was continually active during this period, no real diagnosis, never any surgery and he never demonstrated symptoms. All we have is those who knew him saying it was all fake as was his college education as well, totally fake, FAKE SAD, fake work, fake degree.

  3. I keep thinking back to Germany in 1933: civil unrest, rival gangs of thugs duking it out in the streets, economic chaos, etc. Germans were longing for a strong leader who would circumvent the faltering electoral process, save the fatherland, and bring order to Germany… Reminds me of our present circumstance.

    The biggest difference is that we have a constitution that, imperfect as it is, has been around for a couple of centuries now, that all military officers swear to uphold. They don’t swear allegiance to a “leader” or a political party, they swear to uphold the Constitution. If Trump thinks he can play fast and free with that, feet first it will be.

    • Doesn’t the Constitution say that only Congress can declare war? Yet how many undeclared “War is a Racket” conflicts have those military officers fought in since Major General Smedley Butler was a “gangster for capitalism” (the general’s words)…?

      “Fast and free” with the Constitution has been in effect for over 100 years, and the banker gangster policies were not voted in.

  4. Nearly 4 years since the 2016 election and the Democrats still have not accepted the results. And they continue to blame everyone but themselves for the loss. Trump is entirely correct for refusing to commit to accepting the results of the election. After all, how can he know in advance if fraud will occur? And Hillary Clinton has already come out and advised Biden not to concede if he loses. Why doesn’t the press jump on this?

    • The press doesn’t jump on this because what you’re saying is total BS. It’s not Trump’s call whether or not the election is valid. Nor, is it his call to postpone the election unless there is some “national emergency” that would require it. That’s a big UNLESS, I know. But, elections have gone on throughout our history despite wars and other catastrophes and I’m certain this one will too. Whatever happens in November, come January, Trump’s first term is up. The US military will insure that he goes out the door feet first if necessary.

  5. Trump is Hindenburg handed to Hitler. We might expect his proposal to revert the constitution into more than 2 consecutive presidential mandates. This should come as no surprise.

  6. If you’ve ever had this conversation with Trump supporters, you’ll realize, maybe not quickly, that they are literally like members of a cult; that reason and evidence carry no weight with them.Conspiracy theories and “fake news” are their meat. It’s paradoxical, but when you can’t believe anything, you can believe anything.

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