Biden says military will REMOVE Trump from White House if he loses and refuses to leave in 2020: 'I promise you'
Biden also said that his 'greatest concern' is that Trump will try to steal this election, referring to the president's claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday, June 10, took a dig at President Donald Trump saying the military is expected to escort the latter out of the White House should he lose the 2020 election and refuse to depart. Trump is under immense pressure to replicate his 2016 performance, thanks to challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the endless violence in the wake of the brutal death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. Biden, who has secured the required number of delegates and is awaiting a formal endorsement from his party as the presidential contestant, had earlier alleged that Trump could postpone the election to avoid an unfavorable result though the president rubbished the allegation.
Speaking to Trevor Noah, the host of 'The Daily Show', the former vice president said the incumbent will "try and steal this election" while referring to Trump's claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud. He said it is his "greatest concern". The Democrats have spoken out against the voting problem which has been witnessed during the Georgia presidential primary on June 9.
Biden slams Trump's stance on mail-in ballots
"This is a guy who said that all mail-in ballots are fraudulent, voting by mail," Biden said, adding: "While he sits behind the desk in the Oval Office and writes his mail-in ballot to vote in a primary." Trump himself voted in mail during the presidential primary in Florida in March.
When Biden, 77, was asked whether he had considered what would happen if he wins the election and Trump refuses to leave, he said: "Yes I have". He also said that he is "absolutely convinced" that the military will guide Trump from the White House "with great dispatch" after what appeared to be a jump in the interview. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 even though he lost in popular vote count. Biden also touched upon the point that a number of retired military leaders have criticized Trump over his threat to use military force to quell the unrest that has spread across the US like wildfire in the wake of George Floyd's death. He said, "So many rank-and-file military personnel are saying, 'whoa, we're not a military state. This is not who we are'."
Among the military leaders who have slammed Trump's adventurist posture vis-a-vis the protesters is former military leader and defense secretary Jim Mattis. He accused Trump of failing to unite the US in times of social unrest. Another prominent voice to have spoken out against the president is John Allen, a retired four-star general in the Marine Corps. Last week, a letter surfaced in support of Biden bearing the signatures of 55 retired military leaders. Biden also spoke during the interview about the much-debated police reform and racism in the US. He said Trump did not invent racism but promoted it for sure. The former VP, however, said that he didn't favor the defunding of police but thought "the conditions should be placed upon them where departments are having to take significant reforms".
‘Brainless conspiracy theory from Joe Biden’
The Trump campaign, however, slammed Biden’s charge. Tim Murtaugh, the campaign’s communications director, told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW): “This is just another brainless conspiracy theory from Joe Biden as he continues to try to undermine confidence in our elections. It was the Obama administration that tried to subvert an election by spying on the Trump campaign in 2016 and Biden himself was part of the effort to sabotage the incoming Trump Administration because they couldn’t live with President Trump’s victory. President Trump has been clear that he will accept the results of the 2020 election.”
The campaign also cited a past interview of Trump in which he told Chuck Todd that he would “100 percent” accept the results of the 2020 election, whatever the results are.