After Donald Trump said that he wasn’t sure if he would accept the results of the 2020 Presidential Election, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out to reassure voters that the results do matter. Evoking strong images, she used the word ‘fumigated’ to describe the process of removing Trump against his will if the necessity should arise.
In an interview released Sunday, Donald Trump refused to directly answer a question from Fox News Chris Wallace about whether he’d accept the results of the election, instead saying, “I have to see,” multiple times, and deflecting to Hillary Clinton and the 2016 election, claiming that Clinton didn’t accept her loss. (As NPR reported at the time, Clinton conceded on Wednesday morning, after the election results Tuesday evening showed her as receiving the popular vote, but Trump winning the electoral count.)
TRUMP: "I think mail-in voting is going to rig the election."
WALLACE: "Are you suggesting that you might not accept the results?"
TRUMP: "I have to see."
WALLACE: "Can you give a direct answer that you will accept the election?
TRUMP: "I have to see." pic.twitter.com/mPDPLY9vsr
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 19, 2020
However, Joe Biden has spoken strongly about this, saying that if the incumbent President refuses to leave at the end of his term, “Trespassers can be removed” from the White House.
Now Nancy Pelosi is matching Biden for strong descriptive response. According to Raw Story, she said in a Monday interview that Trump could be ‘fumigated’ out of the White House.
The fact is, whether he knows it yet or not, he will be leaving. Just because he might not want to move out of the White House doesn’t mean we won’t have an inauguration ceremony to inaugurate a duly elected president of the United States…There is a process. It has nothing to do with the certain occupant of the White House doesn’t feel like moving and has to be fumigated out of there.
Trump had previously said he would leave peacefully if he loses.
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