Joe Biden, requested not too long ago if he had thought of the likelihood that President Trump could refuse to concede defeat within the election, answered that he had. However he was “completely satisfied,” the previous vice chairman mentioned reassuringly, that if such a factor occurs, army personnel will “escort him from the White Home with nice dispatch.” What a reduction!
The change brings to thoughts the 2016 marketing campaign, when media personalities speculated that Mr. Trump would refuse to concede to Hillary Clinton. The speculation was by no means examined, Mr. Trump having had the dangerous manners to win, but it surely turned out to be they who refused to concede defeat—not by contesting the election outcomes however by persuading themselves and half the nation that Mr. Trump had gained by unlawful means and customarily behaving like spoiled kids for the subsequent 4 years.
I believe Mr. Trump would have conceded the night time of the election (which Mrs. Clinton didn’t do), for the easy motive that he neither anticipated nor notably wished to win. Within the occasion that Mr. Trump fails to win re-election, he’ll depart willingly. Not graciously, maybe, however willingly and on the appointed time.
The extra fascinating query is: What is going to Democrats do if Mr. Biden loses? What idiotic conspiracy concept will they concoct to elucidate their defeat?
I imply no disrespect to my liberal associates after I say, to borrow Mr. Biden’s phrase, that I’m completely satisfied that Democrats gained’t settle for the consequence if the Republican wins. I say this as a result of, with solely two exceptions, liberals have thought of each GOP presidential victory within the final half-century roughly illegitimate. The 2 exceptions had been Richard Nixon’s defeat of George McGovern in 1972 and Ronald Reagan’s defeat of Walter Mondale in 1984. Each had been so lopsided as to make allegations of dirty-trickery a waste of effort. (Nixon’s re-election was tainted by crimes, however they didn’t contribute to his victory in any significant means.)