House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is warning Democrats that President Donald Trump may not voluntarily step down as president unless Democrats win by a “big” enough margin in 2020 that he doesn’t contest the results, the New York Times reported Saturday.
In an interview with the Times this week, Pelosi expressed concern over a scenario where Trump would not accept the election results if he were to lose re-election by a slim margin.
“We have to inoculate against that, we have to be prepared for that,” she told the newspaper Wednesday.
Pelosi told the Times she had worried that Trump would “poison the public mind” and “challenge each of the races” if Democrats didn’t win by an overwhelming majority in 2018.
“If we win by four seats, by a thousand votes each, he’s not going to respect the election,” Pelosi said. “He would poison the public mind. He would challenge each of the races, he would say you can’t seat these people.”
“We had to win. Imagine if we hadn’t won – oh, don’t even imagine. So, as we go forward, we have to have the same approach,” Pelosi added.
Throughout his 2016 run, Trump warned supporters that the election would be “rigged.”
Since taking office he’s joked about staying longer than the eight years the Constitution would allow him to remain president.
On the day the redacted Mueller report was released to the public, Trump accepted a gift from participants of the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride and said it would remain in the Oval Office for “at least six years.”
“I was going to say for at least 10 to 14 years. But we would cause bedlam, so we’ll say six,” Trump said.
Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who testified before the House Oversight Committee in late February, warned: “Indeed, given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power, and this is why I agree to appear before you today.”
Trump on Saturday retweeted a post from Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. that said Trump’s first term should be extended by two years as payback “for time stolen by this corrupt failed coup.”