According to the Washington Examiner, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden expressed confidence this week that the U.S. military would “escort” President Donald Trump from the White House should he refuse to leave upon losing on Election Day.
The former vice president’s comments came on Wednesday during an interview on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show after he told host Trevor Noah that he was afraid Trump would attempt to “steal” the election, The Guardian noted.
“I promise you”
Biden also referenced Wednesday a growing number of officials and “rank-and-file military personnel” who have come out against the president’s recent response to nationwide protests against police brutality.
“You have so many rank-and-file military personnel saying, ‘Whoa, we’re not a military state. This is not who we are,'” the candidate said, according to People magazine. “I promise you, I’m absolutely convinced they will escort him from the White House with great dispatch.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked about Biden’s comments during an appearance on Fox News the next morning.
“That’s a ridiculous proposition,” she said, according to the Examiner. “Leave it to Democrats to go there and grandstand and level these conspiracy theories.”
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh offered a similar take, calling it “just another brainless conspiracy theory from Joe Biden as he continues to try to undermine confidence in our elections,” the Examiner noted.
Problems with his own party
Of course, the former vice president appears to be causing even more damage to his own campaign with each new public statement.
The 77-year-old has already faced widespread scrutiny over constant gaffes and misstatements that have even led some within his own party to question his cognitive abilities.
Biden has also been faulted by the far-left wing of the Democratic Party over the then-senator’s support of what critics consider an overly harsh crime bill in 1994 and his reluctance in recent days to embrace calls to “defund the police.”
Supporters point to national polls showing Biden with a decisive lead over his incumbent rival, but there is still a lot of time for the tides to turn.
After decades in the public eye, much of which involved gaffes and uncomfortably close poses, Biden might turn out to be his own worst enemy over the nearly five months between now and Election Day.