Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tried a different approach when asked what would happen if President Trump refused to accept losing the Nov. 3 general election.
“Every vote in this country is going to be heard, and they’ll not be stopped,” Biden told MSNBC in a pre-taped interview that aired Saturday.
He added, “I’m confident all the irresponsible, outrageous attacks on voting, we’ll have an election in this country as we always have had. And he’ll leave.”
Biden was criticized this week by the likes of former Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster for suggesting the military could intervene during a transition if the president didn’t vacate the White House. McMaster’s comments follow the president declining to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he is defeated this fall.
“The power of the Oval Office depends on those in authority to enforce what he says,” the two-term vice president and 36-year Delaware senator told the outlet.
“He already had six members of his administration who were four-star generals and major positions in Homeland Security and the like who said that this guy’s not fit to be president,” he continued. “I don’t think he’s going to get the FBI to follow him, get anybody else to enforce something that’s not real.”
Biden did concede he was concerned about the possibility of unrest if Trump were to complain about ballots or polling stations on Election Day, especially if the outcome is close and early results indicate that he is in the lead.
“The last thing we need is, you know, the equivalent of a coup. This is not who we are. No one’s gonna back you if that occurs,” he said.
Biden this week appeared gobsmacked by Trump’s refusal to guarantee a peaceful transition, later claiming it was a distraction from the real issues at stake in their contest.
“What country are we in? I’m being facetious. I said, what country are we in? Look, he says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say,” Biden told reporters in Delaware on Wednesday.
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Original Author: Naomi Lim
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