A former White House aide said on Friday that staff members discussed the possibility of President Trump refusing to peacefully leave his post and hand over power should he lose the November 3 election.
Olivia Troye, who served on the White House Coronavirus Task Force as well as being aide to Vice President Mike Pence for Counterterrorism and National Security, left the administration in August and told CNN on Friday that she and other staff members held “behind closed doors” conversations regarding the president’s reluctance to leave office.
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Troye left the administration long before Trump’s refusal to say whether or not he would have the power of peaceful transition if the election was lost.
“We’ll have to see what happens,” Trump said in response to a reporter. “You know, I complained about the ballots and the ballots are a mess.”
Trump has repeatedly questioned the safety of ballot papers in the mail calling them a “scam” and claiming they will lead to invalid election results.
While more than half of all Americans are expected to vote by mail due to the coronavirus, which is reportedly on the rise again in 22 states, 40% of voters in 2016 and 2012 voted by mail with little evidence of electoral fraud.
“Get rid of the cards, you will have a very transfer – you will have a very smooth transfer – there will be no transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation,” Trump added at a press conference on Wednesday.
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“When the president jokes, if he says he’s joking, he tells you half the truth,” Troye said. “And there is something quite scary and frightening inside.”
Since leaving the White House in August, Troye has emerged as a harsh critic of the administration, particularly in Trump’s handling of the coronavirus.
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“If the president took this virus seriously, or if he actually made an effort to say how bad it was, he would have slowed the spread of the virus, it would have saved lives,” Troye said in an announcement published earlier this month. second to Politico.
Troye, a Conservative, endorsed Democratic candidate Joe Biden.