Some of President Donald Trump’s most ardent critics have speculated that he might not voluntarily transfer the power of the presidency to his successor if unsuccessful in his re-election bid.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden recently suggested as much during a recent appearance on Comedy Central — but according to the Washington Examiner, White House Press Secretary Kaleigh McEnany responded by dismissing the entire theory as a “ridiculous proposition.”
“They will escort him from the White House”
Biden told The Daily Show host Trevor Noah on Wednesday that he had considered the possible ramifications of Trump refusing to vacate the White House following an electoral loss, The Hill reported.
The former vice president went on to reference a number of former military officials who have publicly distanced themselves from the president in recent weeks before turning his attention back to the nation’s men and women in uniform.
“I promise you, I am absolutely convinced they [the military] will escort him from the White House, with great dispatch,” Biden told Noah, according to the Examiner.
He previously remarked that his “single greatest concern” over the next several months involves the president attempting to “steal” the election.
Asked about the remark during a Fox News Channel appearance on Thursday morning, McEnany expressed incredulity.
“Yeah, I think that’s a ridiculous proposition,” she said, the Examiner reported. “This president is looking forward to November, this president is hard at work for the American people, and leave it to Democrats to go out there and grandstand and level these conspiracy theories.”
“Another brainless conspiracy theory”
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh also provided a reaction, calling Biden’s statement “another brainless conspiracy theory” as part of a larger effort to “undermine confidence in our elections.”
He asserted that the president “has been clear that he will accept the results of the 2020 election” regardless of the outcome.
Of course, many Democrats suggested in 2016 that Trump would not be able to accept the results of the election if he lost. In actuality, many of those pundits have spent the past three years attempting to undercut the significance of his victory.
Trump’s surrogates have stressed that he is willing to accept the will of the people on Election Day. It remains to be seen whether Democrats will have the same reaction if the president wins another term.