Following the lead set by Trevor Noah, Hillary Clinton, and even Joe Biden himself, former Vice President Al Gore said in an interview Tuesday that he’s confident that the military will remove President Trump from the White House if he refuses to concede the election to Joe Biden. Gore, who took a month to concede the election to Bush in 2000, apparently now thinks that there is something obscene about refusing to give up the fight for electoral fairness. Funny how that goes, eh?
Speaking to Reuters this week, Gore said that Trump is “attempting to put his knee on the neck of democracy” by attacking mail-in voting.
“He seems to have no compunctions at all about trying to rip apart the social fabric and the political equilibrium of the American people, and he’s strategically planting doubts in advance,” Gore said. “It’s a despicable strategy.”
In the interview Gore recalled his battle for a Florida recount in 2000, and the Supreme Court decision to put an end to his efforts.
“It turns out there’s no intermediate step between a final Supreme Court decision and violent revolution,” Gore said. “It seemed to me that respect for the rule of law and respect for the needs of American democracy were the orders of the day. You can always explore the option of dragging something out, tearing the country apart, mobilizing partisans against one another in the streets and all of that, but it was not a wise course for our country.”
Gore, clearly hinting that Trump may have something different in mind, said that he is confident that the military will intervene if he refuses to honor a peaceful transition of power.
“It’s important to say that it’s really not up to him. I hear people saying, ‘Well, would he accept that decision?’ Well, it doesn’t matter because it’s not up to him,” he said. “Because at noon on January 20th, if a new president is elected… the police force, the Secret Service, the military, all of the executive branch officers, will respond to the command and the direction of the new president.”
Trump, of course, has made no mention of a plan to stay in office past January 20th if he loses the election. What he has said – quite sensibly – is that he will wait and see whether he respects the results of the vote. This, by the way, has also been said by the Biden camp and his supporters, who are trying to convince us that Trump and the Postmaster General are involved in some weird conspiracy to defraud the election.
But we guess that’s a distinction not worth talking about when all you really want to do is incite people to believe that Trump is some sort of dictator in the making.
On the other hand, when it comes to making wild predictions, Al Gore is something of a legend…