President Donald Trump will leave the White House if he loses, "whether he knows it yet or not," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday after Trump on Sunday said he wouldn't commit to accepting the results if he loses in November.
"It has nothing to do with if the current occupant of the White House doesn't feel like moving and has to be fumigated out of there," the California Democrat said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "The presidency is the presidency. It's not geography or location."
Pelosi added that she wouldn't spend so much time talking about what Trump would do if he loses, because "that's a victory for him, because then we're not talking about your first, most important subject, which is what are we going to do to stop this vicious virus that is making an assault on our health, again, our lives, our livelihood and life of our democracy."
Further, she said, the House Heroes Act includes $3.6 billion for voting by mail, which Trump strongly opposes.
"Ignore what the president has to say," she said. "He doesn't know what he's talking about, once again, when he talks about any problems with a vote by mail . . . this is no longer a democracy issue, this is a health issue."
Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are expected to start discussions about further stimulus programs, but meanwhile, Pelosi said she can't explain why Republicans are enabling Trump, particularly on the virus, because "what he has done is going to be doggy doo stuck to the shoe of Republicans for a very long time to come because they enabled him to do these bad things."
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is reportedly balking at $25 billion in new funding in the next relief bill to be used for coronavirus testing, a measure Republican lawmakers support. Pelosi said the lack of support for the money for tests "goes beyond ignorance."
"Hopefully, it was a mistake and they'll back off it because it is so very wrong, but don't listen to me, listen to the scientists who have said all along," she said. "If we had been doing this, we wouldn't be in the fix we're in now."
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