A number of President Donald Trump’s critics, including Democratic challenger Joe Biden, have promoted the theory that he would refuse to exit the White House if he does not win re-election in November.
In a recent interview with Fox News, however, Trump affirmed that he would “certainly” transfer power to his successor if his current bid is unsuccessful.
Speculation about what the president might do if he loses on Election Day has swirled for months.
“They will escort him from the White House”
It was the subject of an article published in The Atlantic earlier this year. That piece appears to have inspired subsequent articles in the South Philly Review and The New York Times in April and May, respectively.
Biden gave the conspiracy theory new legs this week, however, when it came up during an interview on Comedy Central.
The Daily Show host Trevor Noah asked if the former vice president had considered his response if he wins and Trump refuses to leave.
“Yes I have,” he replied, going on to invoke the military as a possible means of removing the president.
“I promise, I am absolutely convinced they will escort him from the White House with great dispatch,” Biden said.
“Grandstand and level these conspiracy theories”
Both Trump and White House sources have made it clear, however, that there is nothing for the Democrats to fear.
“Certainly, if I don’t win, I don’t win,” the president told Fox News Channel host Harris Faulkner, going on to say that he would “go on, do other things” in the event of an electoral defeat.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany took her response a step further, clarifying that Trump “is looking forward to November” and castigating the Democratic Party’s attempt to “grandstand and level these conspiracy theories.”
Plenty of Trump critics in politics and the media have called him out for spreading what they deem unsubstantiated conspiracy theories and speculation. It remains to be seen whether these same sources will similarly chastise Biden and others for their insistence that Trump would try to override the will of the people if he does not win another term.