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Rep. Jim Clyburn Argues Trump Won’t ‘Peacefully Transfer Power’ If He Loses Election, Believes Military Should Be Ready

South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn recently warned that President Donald Trump may refuse the leave the White House if he loses the 2020 election.

Clyburn made the prediction in two separate interviews over the past week. During an appearance on PBS News Hour on July 31, the House majority whip discussed the Republicans’ efforts to delay the upcoming election by thwarting mail-in voting initiatives. He compared the president to Germain dictator and Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (left) doesn’t believe President Donald Trump (right) will “peacefully transfer power” if he loses the 2020 presidential election. (Photos: Chip Somodevilla/Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

“They’re looking for some way to try to postpone this election. They’re looking for some way not to have an election,” Clyburn said to PBS anchor Judy Woodruff. “I have been saying now for about three years that this president doesn’t plan to have an election. He’s not planning to give up the office. He thinks that the American people will be duped by him, like the people of Germany was duped by Adolf Hitler.”

Clyburn took his metaphor further after CNN political correspondent Dana Bash asked him about the comments he made to PBS News Hour.

“I feel very strongly that this man has taken on strong-arm tactics and I feel very strongly that he is Mussolini, Putin is Hitler,” he told Bush. during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Aug. 2

He argued Trump has no intention to “peacefully transfer power” to a successor.

“I don’t think he plans to leave the White House,” Clyburn added. “He doesn’t plan to have fair and unfettered elections. I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to hold onto the office. And that’s why the American people had better wake up.”

On Wednesday, Clyburn confirmed there were “talks” about the likelihood of Trump refusing to leave office. He suggested the military start preparing for the worst.

“I do believe military leadership in this country needs to take a look at how they conduct themselves if this man starts making extraordinary, or should I say extra-constitutional, demands of them,” he told TMZ.

Last week, Trump suggested delaying the Nov. 3 election and argued mail-in voting could increase the possibility of voter fraud.

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump tweeted on July 30. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

The president backtracked during a news conference later that day.

“Do I want to see a date change? No. But I don’t want to see a crooked election,” he told reporters. This election will be the most rigged election in history if that happens.”

Trump took his disdain for mail-in ballots off the internet and into direct action on Tuesday when his administration sued Nevada after state lawmakers passed a bill that will allow ballots to be mailed to registered voters.

On the same day, Trump praised Republican-led Florida’s mail-in system.

“Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True,” he tweeted. “Florida’s Voting system has been cleaned up (we defeated Democrats attempts at change), so in Florida I encourage all to request a Ballot & Vote by Mail!”

The next morning, the president suggested Nevada to take a few notes from Florida.

“Nevada has ZERO infrastructure for Mail-In Voting. It will be a corrupt disaster if not ended by the Courts,” Trump wrote. “It will take months, or years, to figure out. Florida has built a great infrastructure, over years, with two great Republican Governors. Florida, send in your Ballots!”

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8 thoughts on “Rep. Jim Clyburn Argues Trump Won’t ‘Peacefully Transfer Power’ If He Loses Election, Believes Military Should Be Ready

  1. Mary says:

    Voter suppression is the only way he thinks he can win. This pandemic seems to be a blessing to him, more excuses to stall. He’s been planting the seeds of mail-in fraud for months. The empty heads complain about their rights not to wear a mask, then lay down when it comes to voter rights.

  2. Christy says:

    The idea that Trump would not leave the White House is absurd. If he loses the election he can go home and back to his life. He is only doing the job he was elected to do.

  3. Monstersdoexist says:

    It’s pretty obvious the Democrats despise Donald Trump and will go to any length to prevent his re-election, including mail fraud to “fix” the ballots. If you are too lazy to physically go to your polling place to vote, then you get what you deserve.

  4. Melissa says:

    I agree 100% that Trump is acting like Hitler. I’ve been thinking that since the beginning. And delay the vote? Through the Civil War, Great Depression 2 World Wars, Vietnam etc etc etc, there has NEVER been a delay in voting. Trump knows he’s going to lose. He’s grasping at straws. Personally I’d love to see him dragged out by his legs while trying to hold onto the carpet with his fingernails. That thought puts a smile on my face😀😀😀

  5. Greg Smith says:

    Democrats won’t peacefully transfer the power. Since 2016 they have been trying to reverse the presidential election.

  6. Harold says:

    Clyburn is just shooting off his mouth! It’s this kind of talk that makes the country unsafe!

  7. Jeff says:

    The military won’t get involved. The militias won’t allow it to happen. Not only that, if any President called up the military to support his decision, it would be an unlawful order.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Clyburn is a racist and is part of the problem in this country . If the military needs to be called in it will be to stop the riots of BLM and antifa that will not accept Trump winning .

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