The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee pointed to Donald Trump's history of spreading false conspiracy theories about voter fraud as proof that he will try to steal the upcoming election.
"My greatest concern, my single greatest concern," said presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, is that "this President is going to try to steal this election." The former Vice President opened up about his fears for the upcoming Presidential election during an appearance on Trevor Noah's The Daily Show Wednesday, pointing to Donald Trump's notorious history of spreading false conspiracy theories about voter fraud. "This is the guy who said all mail-in ballots are fraudulent—voting by mail—while he sits behind a desk in the Oval Office and writes his mail-in ballot to vote in the primary," the 77-year-old stated.
Joe Biden warns that President Trump ‘is going to try to steal this election’ https://t.co/w5zvoU6QEo— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 11, 2020
"This is a guy who, I believe 23 states have passed over 82 pieces of legislation making it harder for people to vote. Harder. That's why we're putting together a major initiative of lawyers to go out and make sure we're in every single district in the country to patrol this. If I'm president—and this is what worries them—we're going to have same-day registration," Biden continued. He highlighted Georgia's botched primary earlier this week, reports CNN, where a range of problems left voters in predominantly black areas waiting in line for hours.
‘Democratic presidential nominee #JoeBiden is ‘absolutely convinced’ that the military would be on his side if President Donald Trump tries to ‘steal the election’ or refuses to leave the White House. He has reasons to be.’— RT (@RT_com) June 11, 2020
When asked if he's considered a post-election scenario where he emerges victorious and Trump refuses to leave office, Biden said he had, and that he believes the nation's military leaders wouldn't let that happen. "You have so many rank-and-file military personnel saying, 'Whoa, we're not a military state. This is not who we are.' I promise you, I'm absolutely convinced they will escort him from the White House with great dispatch," he said.
Appearing on CNN's New Day on Thursday, Rep. Cedric Richmond—a Louisiana Democrat who is a co-chairman of Biden's campaign—echoed similar sentiments about the possibility of military intervention to pull off a peaceful transfer of power in case Trump refuses to accept an election loss.
Joe Biden says he worries President Trump will attempt to “steal” the election and that he's considered the possibility Trump would refuse to leave the White House should he lose. Trump's press secretary says Biden is trafficking in “conspiracy theories.” https://t.co/Dhrh0zqI2r— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) June 11, 2020
"I believe the military generals and others will step up and make sure that there's a peaceful transition of power," he said. On the other hand, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany dismissed Biden's comments as a "ridiculous proposition" during an appearance on Fox News Thursday.
This isn't the first time Biden has voiced his concerns about the possibility that Trump may meddle with the election, reports Vanity Fair. Speaking at a virtual fundraiser in April, he warned supporters that the President might use the pandemic as an excuse to delay or somehow mess with November's presidential election. "Mark my words. I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can't be held," he said at the time.
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said in an interview that his “single greatest concern” is that President Trump will try to steal the 2020 election. pic.twitter.com/4cjKWizUgy— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 11, 2020
During his appearance on The Daily Show, Biden also shared his thoughts about the nationwide protests demanding justice for George Floyd and the countless others who've become victims of systemic racism and police brutality. When asked how he plans to bring a divided nation together, he said, "First of all, when the carny show comes through town the first time and everybody finds out there's no pea under any one of the three shells? Well, next time it comes around, people have a different view."
"The thing we're doing is calling out every lie he [Trump], in fact, is saying. We're calling out and making a case that this guy is not a good guy. This is what he has done. What's happening is, the American public—overwhelming now, if you notice—two-thirds of the American public thinks that the people who are protesting are right and not the president. The president has been wrong. So, there's a lot that's changed."