US President Donald Trump says he will ‘do other things’ if he loses 2020 election to Joe Biden
US President Donald Trump says he will go on to “other things” if he loses the November 3 election, after Democratic opponent Joe Biden suggested Mr Trump might refuse to leave the White House.
- Both presidential candidates have accused the other of plans to rig the election
- Mr Biden is leading Mr Trump in most national polls
- Using mail ballots could mean the election outcome will not be known well past Election Day
“Certainly if I don’t win, I don’t win. I mean, you know, go on and do other things,” Mr Trump told Fox News Channel in a television interview broadcast on Friday.
As the race between Mr Trump and Mr Biden heats up ahead of the election, the two have increasingly asserted that the other intends to cheat his way to victory.
Mr Biden, who is leading Mr Trump in most national polls, earlier this week said his greatest concern was that Mr Trump would try to “steal” the election, though the former vice-president did not elaborate on how he thought Mr Trump might cheat.
Mr Biden said he was confident soldiers would escort Mr Trump from the White House if he was to lose and not recognise the result.
Mr Trump’s comment to Fox News suggested he could accept losing the election, but the President did not specifically say so.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh on Thursday said Mr Trump would accept the result.
Mr Trump has accused Democrats of aiming to use an increase in mail-in voting as a venue for rigging the election, while Mr Biden has pledged to deploy lawyers to polling stations across the country to look out for Republican efforts to suppress the vote.
Election experts and officials are bracing for a potentially tumultuous election night.
A surge in mail-in voting is expected due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, and experts warn the process could be marred by chaos of the type already seen in primary elections held in states during the viral outbreak.
Large numbers of mail ballots not delivered in time to be cast or counted could lead to legal challenges over election results.
Counting mail ballots also takes more time because a voter’s identity must first be validated, raising the prospect that the election outcome will not be known well past Election Day, experts say.