One former White House staffer has revealed President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power is actually a previous concern now coming to fruition.
Olivia Troye — former aide for Vice President Mike Pence who also served as a member of the coronavirus task force as an advisor on counterterrorism and homeland security — shared details about concerns surrounding the possibility of Trump refusing to leave office at the end of his presidential term.
During an interview with CNN on Friday evening, Troye weighed in on Trump’s words that sparked a media firestorm this week as she recalled conversations she had behind closed doors with other White House staffers.
“It’s frightening to me, because to be honest, during my tenure at the White House, I’ve had conversations behind closed doors with White House staffers and other government officials, including people in the intelligence community, where we’ve actually discussed what if, what if he loses and refuses to leave, or better yet, what if his plan is four more years of Donald Trump should he win, and would he leave after that?” she said on CNN.
For months now, Trump has been building his arguments against mail-in voting and setting the tone to dispute if he loses to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
“The President can call it a hoax, but the truth is we have increasing cases … I don’t see the President changing the course of the direction that we’re doing in terms of the response to this.” – Olivia Troye, a former VP Mike Pence aide who rebuked Trump’s Covid-19 response pic.twitter.com/4Xh1teVnmJ
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) September 25, 2020
The president has repeatedly told his supporters the only way he can lose is if the election is rigged. By disregarding the real possibility that he could legitimately lose the election, Trump is setting the stage to contest the election regardless of how he loses.
Troye’s latest remarks come just days after Trump sparked a media firestorm with his take on the upcoming election.
When asked if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election, Trump said, “We’re going to have to see what happens, you know, but I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. The ballots are a disaster,” Trump told reporters at a White House briefing Wednesday.
He also insinuated that he would be guaranteed to win if you “get rid of” the mail-in ballots. “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation,” Trump said, adding, “The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it better than anyone else? The Democrats know it better than anyone else.”
Despite Trump’s war on mail-in voting, he is voting by mail and he’s also encouraged his supporters in Florida and Michigan to also vote by mail which suggests voting by mail is perfectly fine as long as voters are casting ballots for him.
‘Zombie’ Trump campaign blasted by conservative strategist: ‘They’re going to be among the Walking Dead’
President Donald Trump's campaign decisions were ridiculed by a conservative campaign strategist on MSNBC.
"The Week" anchor Joshua Johnson interviewed Susan Del Percio, a longtime GOP strategist and senior advisor to the Lincoln Project.
"Susan, what about the differences in strategy between the Biden campaign and the Trump campaign in terms of how they spend their dollars? We know that Trump campaign has often favored online advertising vs. on air advertising. They have some pretty creative stuff coming out in the last few days, one of the latest pieces they put out is called 'How to Catch a Zombie, Doe Biden edition' -- with a picture of Joe Biden, I think, between words so he looks a little zonked out."
Trump’s attacks on voting ‘backfired and only inspired people to march early to the polls’: report
Clark County Registrar of Voters Joseph Gloria has had three decades of election experience in Nevada, but had never seen a "perfect storm," as he called it, like this before. With all hands on deck for this election cycle, Gloria helped put together an entire mail-in voting system in less than 90 days to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m as comfortable as I can be because I have an excellent staff,” Gloria said. “We learned some things in the primary and are feeling good about this cycle, but unfortunately we have people at the national level who are encouraging people to do things that disrupt the polling place and make it a challenge for us to process votes.”
Watch Kamala Harris laugh out loud when 60 Minutes asks her if Trump is racist
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) laughed when asked if President Donald Trump was racist during a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday evening on CBS.
"Do you think the president is racist?" Nora O'Donnell asked.
"Yes, I do," Harris replied, with a laugh. "Yeah, I do."
"You can look at a pattern that goes back to him questioning the identity of the first Black president of the United States," she said, referring to the racist "birther" conspiracy theory he pushed against Barack Obama.
"You can look at Charlottesville, when there were peaceful protesters and on the other side neo-Nazis and he talks about fine people on either side," she continued. "Calling Mexicans rapists and criminals? His first order of business was to institute a Muslim ban?"