As I’ve previously written, Democrats are increasingly pushing the idea that President Trump will not accept (read: not concede) the results of the election if he loses.
Presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said in June he was “absolutely convinced [the military] will escort him from the White House with great dispatch” after being asked about the possibility of Trump refusing to concede.
Failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made similar comments last week, stating “Well, I think it is a fair point to raise as to whether or not, if he loses, he’s going to go quietly or not. And we have to be ready for that.”
David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, took to the Twitter machine early this morning to express his concerns about the matter, claiming without evidence that Trump “believes ‘fraud’ is an election that he doesn’t win”:
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) July 20, 2020
“Fox and Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade stepped in a few hours later with this inconvenient zinger:
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) July 20, 2020
The man has a point.
During his interview with Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Sunday, Trump was asked by Wallace if he would accept the election results in the event he lost. Trump’s answer sent the Usual Suspects reaching for the fainting couches as it did when he was asked by Wallace in 2016:
TRUMP: You don’t know until you see. It depends. I think mail-in voting is going to rig the election. I really do.
WALLACE: Are you suggesting that you might not accept the results of the election?
TRUMP: No. I have to see. Look, Hillary Clinton asked me the same thing.
WALLACE: No, I asked you the same thing at the debate.
TRUMP: I have to see. Look, you – I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either.
I think what needs to be clarified here is that there is a difference in not accepting the election results versus refusing to leave office. Trump has mentioned often that Hillary has spent four years not accepting the election results from 2016, and he’s right. What he hasn’t said is if he’ll refuse to leave office (nor has he been asked that specifically), which is extremely unlikely to happen in the event he loses, even if he does feel fraud was committed.
One thing is for certain, though: If Hillary Clinton thought deep down on election night 2016 that the election was “stolen” from her she would have fought tooth and nail just like Gore did in 2000. And the media and her fellow Democrats would have cheered her on no matter how long she dragged things out. Recent history alone shows us that Democrats are very reluctant to accept any election they don’t win, as we saw with Hillary and as we saw with Stacey Abrams in 2018.
In fact, Stacey Abrams still refuses to concede the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race. She merely acknowledged at the time that she had no “viable” legal remedy to fight the election she claimed was stolen from her. Abrams has been treated with reverence and the utmost respect and admiration by Democrats and the media for her supposedly courageous stance, and has been a wildly popular VP pick with the media.
The people who really need to be asked the question about accepting election results in the event Joe Biden loses are established sore losers like Clinton and Abrams. Everyone knows what their answers would be if they were being honest, which is precisely why they don’t get asked the question.