It was former Trump friend and personal lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen that first warned the world of the possibility Donald Trump won’t leave the White House on January 2021 if Joe Biden wins the presidency.
In March 2019, Cohen told a congressional committee that “Given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 there will never be a peaceful transition of power.” Cohen’s fears have been a pall overshadowing what, in previous presidencies, was always a peaceful turnover.
Biden, however, will have none of Trump’s shenanigans. Sounding more like a righteous law and order president, Biden on Wednesday said he’s “absolutely convinced” the U.S. military will escort the ex-president from the White House on Jan. 21 before Biden takes the oath of office as the 46th U.S. president if he wins. Biden was asked if he’s thought about the possibility Trump will refuse to leave office.
“Yes, I have,” said Biden to TV host Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. “I promise you, I am absolutely convinced they will escort him from the White House with great dispatch,” he said in the interview.
Of more concern to Biden is that Trump might attempt to cheat his way to a second term.
Biden surmises Trump might attempt to “steal” the election. Supporting this notion is Trump’s repeated opposition to mail-in voting, which Biden sees as part of another Republican Party push to suppress voting rights, especially among minorities.
“It’s my greatest concern. My single greatest concern,” said Biden about the possibility Trump might cheat to win. “This president is going to try to steal this election. This is a guy who said that all mail-in ballots are fraudulent.”
Biden also called out Trump for his threats to use the United States Army to quell peaceful demonstrators. He said this continuing threat to use military force is another sign of Trump’s intent to use military power to overturn his looming defeat at the polls on November 3.
Most polls since Biden announced his candidacy in April 2019 have shown him beating Trump in November. The latest one, from CNN, released June 8 shows Biden leading Trump, 55% to 41%, among registered voters that were asked who they’d vote for as president. Biden’s 55% support is his highest yet in CNN’s tracking of this question extending back to April 2019. On the other hand, Trump’s 41% voter support is his lowest ever in the CNN poll.