Both lawmakers and American citizens have repeatedly expressed concerns that if Donald Trump loses the 2020 presidential election, he will refuse to leave the office.
During a recent town hall event, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was asked by a supporter what he would do if he was elected president in 2020 and Trump called the election a “hoax” and refused to step down.
Buttigieg’s response was perfect, “I guess if he’s willing to do chores, I guess we could work something out.”
Buttigieg then went on to state that Americans who didn’t want Trump to have a second term had a duty to step up and cast their votes come November.
“I think we want to set a goal of winning big enough that this election is way beyond cheating distance, and that Trumpism goes into the history books too,” he said. “It’s got to be a win so big that Senate Republicans are reunited with their consciences, and only a political shockwave can do that.”
Trump, has on more than one occasion hinted that he would blow off the two-term presidential limit. In a Twitter post back in June, he wondered whether “the people would demand that I stay longer?”
After China’s Xi Jinping was given the opportunity to serve as “president for life,” Trump suggested that such a move “isn’t a bad idea.”
Back in May, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that she did have concerns that Trump would refuse to leave the White House if he lost the 2020 presidential election.
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld stated during an interview with Bill Maher that he did not think that Trump would willingly cede the Oval Office if he failed to win in 2020.
“He’ll have a run at saying, ‘It was a rigged game so I’m not leaving,’” Weld said. He added that didn’t think “the military and indeed even the Justice Department — the rank-and-file, the investigative agencies — would stand for that in this country.”
You can view Buttigieg’s exchange below: