The Hill reports Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she believes President Trump would accept the election results if he loses to former Vice President Joe Biden in November, but added that Democrats should “be prepared for everything.”
Pelosi said that the ideal situation for Democrats would be to win the presidential election by a wide margin that would make it more difficult to contest.
When asked during a livestreamed interview with The Washington Post’s Robert Costa if she is concerned President Trump will challenge the results of the presidential election and refuse to concede if he loses, Pelosi replied, “No. I don’t think so. But just to be prepared, I would say just win big because he will try to question the certification of this or that.”
“I think that he would respect the results of an election. And even if he didn’t, then the henchmen around him would understand that he would have to respect the results of the election,” Pelosi continued.
At the same time, Pelosi didn’t completely rule out the possibility that Democrats could encounter such a scenario of the incumbent president refusing to leave office.
“I believe that he would understand the office that he holds requires him to step aside. Having said that, be prepared for everything. Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst,” Pelosi said.
Biden acknowledged earlier this month during an interview on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” that he has considered the possibility of Trump refusing to concede. But he said that he is “absolutely convinced” that military officers would “escort him from the White House with great dispatch” if that happened.
A Trump campaign spokesman said at the time that “President Trump has been clear that he will accept the results of the 2020 election.”