Mary Trump Warns That President Is Not Bluffing About Potential Refusal To Accept Election Results

President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a press conference in the James S. Brady Briefing Room of the White House on August 31, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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September 25, 2020 9:04 a.m.

Mary Trump, President Donald Trump’s niece, warned late Thursday that the President’s threat to potentially not accept a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November election should not be taken lightly.

When asked by HuffPost during a virtual fundraiser for an LGTBQ political group how far she thinks her uncle would be willing to go to remain president, Mary Trump replied, “farther than you can possibly imagine.”

On Wednesday, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transition from power if he is not reelected in November.

“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump told reporters during a White House briefing when asked if he would accept the results. 

Many Republican lawmakers  — without naming the President’s remarks directly — have sought to brush away the comments, Sen. John Thune (R-SD), and others, affirmed that Republicans “believe in the Constitution.” Others have suggested that the President is known to say “crazy stuff,” but is not always meant to be taken seriously.

“To over-dramatize it, is to over-dramatize it,” Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) told a CNN reporter when asked about Trump’s remarks on Thursday.

Making light of Trump’s comments, Cramer said that “the President speaks in very extreme manners, occasionally.”

“I didn’t find what he said last night to be overly extreme, quite honestly,” he added.

But Mary Trump, a vocal critic of the president said at the LPAC fundraiser, that the comments should be taken as a clear warning.

She named a series of challenges that await President Trump when he is no longer commander-in-chief, including charges for various wrongdoings, among them potential tax fraud. There’s also a host of allies who the President has shielded while in office who risk exposure when he’s stripped of presidential power.

“He’s cheating. He’s been cheating for a while now,” Mary Trump told HuffPost. “He’s cheating when he tells people that mail-in ballots are fraudulent somehow. He’s cheating when he started calling into question the legitimacy of the election before a vote was even cast. He’s cheating when he says if Joe Biden wins, it’s rigged.”

“We need to be clear about what we’re potentially facing here,” she added.

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