Pete Buttigieg had the perfect answer for what he will do if Trump calls the election a hoax and refuses to leave the White House after he loses.
Here was Buttigieg’s answer for what he would do if Trump loses and refuses to leave:
.@PeteButtigieg is asked what he'd do if Trump calls election a hoax and refuses to leave the White House if Buttigieg wins.
"I guess if he’s willing to do chores we can work something out,'' he says.
— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) February 17, 2020
Trump can’t stay president if he loses. There is a fear among some on the left that Trump could lose and refuse to leave, but Trump doesn’t have that option. At noon on inauguration day, the new president constitutionally assumes the duties of the presidency.
Sure, Trump could refuse to leave the White House, but whoever defeated him would assume the powers of the presidency, and would have the authority to have the Secret Service remove the former president.
It doesn’t matter if Trump would shut himself in his bedroom and throw a tantrum, he wouldn’t be the president anymore. His power would be gone.
Trump will definitely try to discredit the election if he loses, but he has no options for staying in power once the Electoral College votes and the new president is sworn in.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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