Former adviser to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway said she believes that former Vice President Joe Biden will likely be the winner of the 2020 presidential election, The Hill reported.
“If you look at the vote totals in the Electoral College tally, it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail,” Conway said in an interview that aired on Friday.
“That is his right”
Conway made the remarks during an interview with The 19th’s Amanda Becker. Although Conway did acknowledge that it “looks” like Biden will win, she didn’t go as far as those who have urged Trump to give up his legal challenges of the election results.
“Well, the president wants to exhaust all of his legal avenues, as he has made clear many times,” Conway said. “His team is doing that. I see in the papers they are doing that, going to different states and trying to do that. And of course, that is his right.”
While Conway said the president is within his right to continue the legal challenges, she also stressed the importance of a “peaceful transfer of democracy.”
“At the same time, it was President Trump who freed up the GSA money and authorized them to go ahead and start the transition process for the Biden, Harris team because we want the engines of government to keep going,” Conway said.
She continued, “You always need a peaceful transfer of democracy, no matter whose administration goes into whose administration. There is no question.”
Despite his opponents’ claims to the contrary before and after Election Day, Trump has stated that he would, should he lose, allow for a peaceful transition to the Biden administration.
When asked by a White House reporter in late November whether he would be part of a peaceful transfer of power, the president responded, “Certainly, I will.”
As ABC News reported and as Conway stated in her interview, Trump has authorized the start of the transition process. He has also agreed to allow Biden to begin receiving the daily presidential briefing.
Beginning the transition process and challenging the 2020 election results are not mutually exclusive actions, however. Trump and his legal team have continued to vigorously challenge the results in a number of key states.
Following Trump’s direction to the General Services Administration to begin the transition process in November, he announced on Twitter: “Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”