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Politics Biden Guarantees Trump Will Accept Election Results: 'I'm Not Worried About Any Coup'

23:05  24 october  2020
23:05  24 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden rejected the idea that President Donald Trump would refuse to leave the White House should the latter lose on November 3. The former vice president also remarked Friday that he's not worried about a "coup" in Washington.

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Biden bluntly laid out what will happen should Trump lose the election on either Election Day or in the days after, pending close results. "I guarantee you, he'll accept the results and he'll be out," the former VP said during his Pod interview. A coup d'état is the French phrase for an overthrow or political takeover, which literally means "blow of state."

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"Look what he's done from the beginning. Done everything to try to discourage you, saying he's not sure he'll accept the results," Biden said of the supposed coup d'état power-grab fears. "He's not sure what he'll do. I guarantee you, he'll accept the results and he'll be out in...There's no one going to stick with him, you know?"

"He's the only president I know that six of his generals who worked directly for him said he's unfit to be president and commander in chief," said Biden. "So I'm not worried about any coup here. You know, I'm not really saying there's going to be a coup, but let's think about everything that's been said," Biden continued, noting that he personally predicted Trump's "I may not accept the outcome" posturing at the beginning of 2020.

"When I said three months ago, I think he's going to suggest he may not step down, he may not accept the outcome of the vote—people said, 'Oh, there goes Biden.' What did he do? Two weeks later!"

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Discussion of "coup" attempts and power grabs are not new to the administration vocabulary. Donald Trump Jr. and other ardent supporters of the president routinely labeled Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation as a "coup" and "plot against the president. In 2016, Hillary Clinton campaign officials and Democratic critics said Trump's "rigged election" rhetoric was aimed squarely at his intention to undermine the results should he lose—which he didn't.

"They tried to take—they tried to do a coup, and they got caught," Trump told Fox News earlier this month. "Now we got to see what's going to happen. It's time to move. We caught them spying on our campaign, it's so sad."

Biden remarked that several people close to the president already believe "he's unfit to be commander in chief" and will walk away from him abruptly should he lose the presidential election. The Democratic nominee reiterated that members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Trump's Senate allies and even members of his own staff will abandon the president should he lose the election and attempt to hold on to power past the January 20, 2021 Inauguration Day.

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Trump's own national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, told Politico Wednesday he is absolutely certain the president will accept the election results if he loses. O'Brien noted that it's also important to ensure there is no fraud during the electoral process. But Trump's former national security adviser, John Bolton, told The Washington Post last week that while he's "hopeful" there will be a peaceful transfer of power should Trump lose, "you can't be certain of anything."

Newsweek reached out to both the Biden and Trump campaigns for additional remarks.

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