(PresidentialWire.com)- Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) responded to an article by Maggie Haberman that described how former President Donald Trump stated that he would not depart the White House even if he lost the election in 2020.
CNN was provided with an excerpt from the upcoming book, “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” written by a reporter for the New York Times.
According to Haberman, one of Trump’s aides heard him say, “I’m just not going to leave.” According to the book, Trump said these words to another staff member: “We’re never leaving. How could you possibly resign after winning an election?”
In an interview on Monday morning, Jake Tapper from CNN spoke with Cheney and asked for a reaction.
Tapper said that sometimes you’ll hear people say, ‘Well, you know, what occurred wasn’t that big of an issue because if Mike Pence had rejected a slate of electors, the Supreme Court would have sorted it out,’
In her response, Cheney referred to Trump’s demand that Pence reject the election results in his capacity as the presiding officer over election certification.
She explained that there are many ways people will argue that this wasn’t as harmful as it was. And when she hears something like that, she thinks you have to acknowledge that we were in no man’s land and an area they’ve never been in before as a nation.
Cheney said that even if the Supreme Court decided against Trump in such a scenario, the court would be unable to implement its judgment because it would not have any means to do so.
“You have to ask yourself, who would have been responsible for carrying out the court’s orders if they had been carried out? And if you have a president who is refusing to leave the White House or stating that he refuses to leave the White House, then everyone who sits aside and says someone else will handle it is themselves putting the nation at risk,” she said.
She said that it’s not surprising that those are the sentiments he reportedly expressed, and it just affirms the reality of the danger.
It should be noted that Trump left the white house without incident.
This pillow-biting about things Trump “could have done,” particularly when it is hearsay, is becoming absurd.