On Tuesday during an online interview with Reuters Editor in Chief Stephen J. Adler, failed presidential candidate Al Gore fantasized about the military removing President Trump from office.
The comments came in relation to his concession speech in 2000.
“When you say there were potentially some other moves,” he said to Adler, “I researched them, and it turns out there’s no intermediate step between a final Supreme Court decision and violent revolution.”
Adler then asked what should happen if President Trump says the results are illegitimate.
“I don’t know,” he said. “But 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. 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.”
Gore continued, “I’m hoping that it will be a decisive victory [for Biden], but I don’t want to get ahead of myself, because like a lot of people in my political party, I felt kind of optimistic four years ago, and we all saw what happened. So I don’t think anybody who is a partisan for Biden or [Kamala] Harris are going to be relaxing or coasting just because they have a lead in the polls right now.”
Gore went on to note that in 2016, President Trump “won the Electoral College and lost the popular vote and went on with this nonsense about millions of undocumented immigrants coming [across the border to vote for Hillary Clinton]. It was just complete nonsense, just like his birther slander against former president Obama and his stillborn efforts to pull the same stunt with Kamala Harris. He had to abandon that.”
He continued by taking personal shots at President Trump.
“He seems to have no compunctions at all about trying to rip apart the social fabric and the political equilibrium of the American people,” he said.
“And he’s strategically planting doubts in advance to try to undermine people’s confidence in the election. So Americans of whatever party have to gird ourselves to push back against this despicable strategy.”
The Daily Beast reports:
Gore—who appeared from Nashville in front of a backdrop of the blown-up photo of the horizon and the thin layer of earth’s atmosphere—pronounced last week’s Democratic National Convention “a stunning success,” noting, “Of course I’m biased so I don’t qualify as a focus group.”
Asked his thoughts on this week’s Republican conclave, Gore didn’t hold back.
“We’ve had the first night. It didn’t seem as joyful and uplifting as the president promised us it was going to be,” Gore said, not bothering to stifle laughter. “It was pretty dark and depressing at times. But I understand they’re trying to make a case, and when you have the facts, argue the facts—as the old lawyer’s cliché has it—and if you have the law, argue the law, and if you have neither, shout and bang the table. I think there was a lot of shouting last night.”
Asked if he’d consider accepting a position in a prospective Biden administration, Gore replied, “I’m a recovering politician and the longer I go without a relapse, the less likely I will.”
What he didn’t say was “No.”
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