Mary Trump, President Donald Trump’s niece, warned Thursday night that people need to take the president seriously when he suggests he may not agree to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses reelection in November.
“We have no idea how bad this is going to get,” she said at a virtual fundraiser hosted by LPAC, an organization focused on electing LGBTQ women. Mary Trump, who is an out lesbian, was the special guest of the event.
“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” the president said, suggesting he would accept the results only if the option of mail-in ballots is removed, which is not going to happen. “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a peaceful ... there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation.”
Senate Republicans have been scrambling to downplay the president’s remarks, saying everything will be fine and that he just “says crazy stuff.”
But Mary Trump, a vocal critic of the president who made waves with her recent book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” told HuffPost that he is not just bluster.
Asked how far she thinks her uncle would be willing to go to remain in the White House, she replied, “Farther than you can possibly imagine.”
She laid out her reasoning: The president knows what he faces if he becomes a private citizen again, including potentially being prosecuted for financial crimes and indicted on felony charges of obstruction of justice. And he’s got people close to him who are personally benefiting from his behavior who may face exposure if he is no longer protected by being in office.
“He’s cheating. He’s been cheating for a while now,” Mary Trump said. “He’s cheating when he tells people that mail-in ballots are fraudulent...