President Donald Trump insisted he would withdraw from public life should he lose the 2020 presidential election.
Trump, who has been a public figure since he started appearing in tabloid stories in the 1980s, made the promise during a campaign rally North Carolina on Saturday.
“If I lose to him, I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Trump said, in comments that will stoke fears he may try to hold onto power regardless of the will of the voters.
“I will never speak to you again, you’ll never see me,” he vowed.
Trump was quickly ridiculed for his remarks. Here’s some of what people were saying:
IS THAT A PROMISE? asking for 65 million friends
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) September 20, 2020
Once again I say, don't threaten me with a good time.
— Spruce Springsteen (@SpruceSprngstn) September 20, 2020
No, his trial will be televised.
— JRehling (@JRehling) September 20, 2020
"Trump In Prison: The Live Feeds" would get tremendous TV Ratings!
— Trumpy Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) September 20, 2020
In case you needed another reason to vote for Biden!
— Linda (@lewing99) September 20, 2020
“If I lose to him… you will never see me again.”
I think that can be arranged. Enjoy prison!
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) September 20, 2020
That's the best GD news I've heard all year.
— Amanda M. 🏳️🌈 (@SabrinasChic) September 20, 2020
He's just teasing us. There's absolutely no chance Trump could stand to not be the center of attention for more than five minutes. He lives for the attention.
Dream as we might, he is NEVER going away.
— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@UROCKlive1) September 20, 2020
Fingers crossed https://t.co/OQyCsOsaLU
— David Pakman (@dpakman) September 20, 2020
right because prison https://t.co/CAbWd85OAs
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) September 20, 2020
I’m Joe Biden and I approve this message. pic.twitter.com/TuRZXPE5xK
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 20, 2020
This year’s post-election court battles could make Bush v. Gore seem like a functioning democracy
Following Election Day 2000, Americans spent weeks wondering whether Florida's 29 electoral votes had been won by Democratic Vice President Al Gore or Republican Texas Gov. George W. Bush — and eventually, Gore conceded, congratulating Bush on becoming the next president of the United States. British journalist Ed Luce, who now lives in the U.S., fears that the 2020 presidential election could be even more chaotic and result in several court battles that will make the Bush v. Gore debacle of 2000 pale in comparison. And he outlines his concerns in an article for Financial Times.
Trump is so desperate for an October surprise — but with Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon it’s a flop
There's nothing President Donald Trump can do to make up a scandal against former Vice President Joe Biden in the last five days ahead of the election.
After 75 million Americans have already voted, Trump's only hope has been Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon "discovering" a mystery laptop they say was owned by Hunter Biden with shady emails. As Mother Jones's David Corn and Dan Friedman wrote the "dirty-tricks squad" is desperate.
"In recent days, their Fox-enabled efforts have demonstrated how far they are willing to go with their skullduggery," the report said. "Yet the world may be witnessing the death throes of Trump’s most extreme enablers, protectors, and schemers—and it is ugly."
Ivanka Trump says she is ‘unapologetically’ against abortion rights for women
Ivanka Trump said this week that she "unapologetically" supports the "pro-life" movement, which aims to strip reproductive rights from women.
President Donald Trump's daughter was asked about her views on abortion during an interview with Real Clear Politics.
“I respect all sides of a very personal and sensitive discussion,” Ivanka told the publication. "But I am also a mother of three children, and parenthood affected me in a profound way in terms of how I think about these things.”