For months now, Democrats have been pitching the idea that if our military would have to escort Donald Trump out of the White House come Inauguration Day if he loses re-election. But even Joe Biden isn’t taking that bait on that one.
The Democrat White House hopeful stunned supporters and those in the media when he admitted to MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle in a recent interview that he thinks Trump would quit peacefully if he loses, as reported by The Hill.
“An orderly transition”
“Trump’s refusal to commit to the peaceful transfer of power is the behavior of a desperate would-be dictator who’d cling to office even if it meant destroying our democracy,” Clinton said in a tweet. Pelosi, meanwhile, told reporters: “It’s very sad that you even have to ask that question.”
But Republicans on Capitol Hill say Democrats’ concerns are simply unwarranted. “There is no alternative to a peaceful transfer of power,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Thursday, according to CNBC.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressed a similar sentiment.
“The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th,” he wrote in a Thursday tweet, as CNBC reported. “There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.”
“As we always have”
Now, Biden has indicated that he actually agrees with the likes of Graham and McConnell.
Speaking with Ruhle in an interview that aired Saturday, the former vice president said this year’s election will go as they “always have.”
“I just think the people in the country are going to be heard on Nov. 3,” the former VP remarked, according to The Hill. “Every vote in this country is going to be heard and they will not be stopped. I’m confident that all of the irresponsible, outrageous attacks on voting, we’ll have an election in this country as we always have had, and he’ll leave.”
Of course, all these comments are based on a hypothetical situation that may or may not play out: Biden is certainly not guaranteed to win November’s election.
And if Trump performs as well during Tuesday’s debate against his Democratic rival as many expect him to — well, let’s just Biden will have a lot of work to do to catch up if he even wants to think about Trump moving out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. next January.