“I’m not a good loser. I don’t like to lose, ”Trump said. “I don’t lose too often. I do not like losing. ”
Wallace asked if that meant he wouldn’t accept the election results.
“No, I have to see,” Trump replied. “No, I’m not just going to say ‘yes’. I’m not going to say “no” and neither did I last time. ”
Trump then went on to use his debunked conspiracy theories on postal voting, a process that has an incredibly low fraud rate and many built-in protections, to claim that Democrats can “rig” elections.
Pelosi dismissed Trump’s remarks in an interview with “Morning Joe”.
“The point is, whether he knows it yet or not, he will leave,” she told the MSNBC morning show on Monday. “Just because he might not want to leave the White House doesn’t mean that we won’t have an inauguration ceremony to inaugurate a duly elected President of the United States. ”
Pelosi said just being in the White House doesn’t make someone the president.
“There is a process,” she said. “It has nothing to do with the fact that a certain occupant of the White House does not want to move and has to be fumigated out of there. ”
But host Joe Scarborough feared Trump had already proven himself capable of “whatever he can do.”
“I think the best and the brightest minds in government and outside of government now need to start… preparing for something that we haven’t had to prepare for,” he said. “And it is: how our government, how our military, how the secret service, how quickly the courts respond to a president in office who is defeated at the polls and refuses to leave?
The progressive grassroots group Stand Up America has called Trump’s comments an “existential threat to our democracy”, showing that he has “no respect for the rule of law.”
“For five years, Trump has sought to undermine our elections time and time again – from soliciting foreign interference to baseless allegations of electoral fraud to lying about the results of the 2016 election,” said Sean Eldridge, founder and president of the group. declaration. “The American people must be prepared to rally if Trump refuses to give in – and we will be prepared to meet the moment if he does. ”
Trump was greeted with Wallace’s rejection and skepticism throughout Sunday’s interview.
Trump falsely claimed that alleged Democratic candidate Joe Biden wanted to “dispel the police.”
“Sir, he doesn’t,” Wallace pushed back.
Trump asked an aide to find a copy of a document he said showed Biden wanted to “abolish” the police, but Wallace stressed that the document said no such thing. Biden actually supports increased federal funding for police.
A similar moment happened when Trump falsely insisted that the United States had the lowest coronavirus death rate in the world.
“That’s not true, sir,” Wallace replied.
Trump then asked press secretary Kayleigh McEnany to produce a chart that he said showed the United States had the “lowest death rate in the world.”
Fox News interrupted to verify the president’s facts, explaining that the White House chart did not show the United States had the lowest death rate in the world. In particular, it excluded several countries that had a lower death rate.
Elsewhere in the interview, Wallace cited polls showing more Americans believe Biden will be more competent as president than Trump.
“Well, I’ll tell you what, let’s do a test. Let’s do a test now, ”Trump said. “Let’s go. Joe and I are going to take a test. Let him pass the same test as me.
Trump was referring to a cognitive test, which he said left doctors “very surprised” after taking it.
“I took the test too, when I heard you passed it.” It’s not the hardest test, ”Wallace replied. “They have a picture, and it says, ‘What is this? And it’s an elephant. ”
” No no no. You see, these are all false statements, ”Trump insisted. “Because, yes, the first questions are easy, but I bet you can’t even answer the last five questions.” I bet you can’t. They get very difficult, the last five questions. ”
Journalist Julia Davis posted an image of the last five questions on the test, noting that they asked questions such as “What day is it?” »And where are you? “