President Donald Trump suggested Friday he might take drastic action if he loses to Democrat Joe Biden. He might even leave the country, he said.
“Running against the worst candidate in the history of presidential politics puts pressure on me,” Trump told supporters at a rally in Georgia. “Could you imagine if I lose? My whole life – what am I going to do? I’m going to say I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics.”
Trump said he might not feel so good after an election loss to Biden. “Maybe I have to leave the country, I don’t know,” he joked. Well, it might seem like a joke to many, but for those who have been paying attention it could be the farthest thing from a joke.
If Trump loses and does move to another country, chances are it would be a country such as Russia, the United Arab Emirates, North Korea, Bahrain or China since the United States lacks an extradition treaty with these territories.
If things don’t go Donald Trump’s way on Election Day, the President may face more serious matters than how to pack up the West Wing.
Without some of the protections afforded him by the presidency, Trump will become vulnerable to multiple investigations looking into possible fraud in his financial business dealings as a private citizen; both as an individual and through his company. He faces defamation lawsuits sparked by his denials of accusations made by women who have alleged he assaulted them, including E. Jean Carroll, the former magazine columnist who has accused him of rape. And then there are claims he corrupted the presidency for his personal profits.
As President, Trump has been able to block and delay several of these investigations and lawsuits including a yearlong fight over a subpoena for his tax returns, in part because of his official position. Many of those matters have wound through the courts and will come to a head whether he is reelected or not.
But with the polls showing that Democratic rival Joe Biden is leading in the race, the stakes become much higher for Trump if he loses the election. A raft of legal issues, including a criminal investigation by New York prosecutors, will come into focus in the weeks after Election Day.
“In every regard, his leaving office makes it easier for prosecutors and plaintiffs in civil cases to pursue their cases against him,” said Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor in the Manhattan US attorney’s office. “For example, he is claiming a higher protection from subpoenas in the criminal cases and also in the congressional subpoena cases and that is based largely on the fact that he is President.”
There is absolutely nothing the government can do if Trump decides he wants to leave the country while there are no charges filed against him. So if he loses the election on November 3rd, he could decide to leave for Russia or North Korea on the 4th since he has already became buddy-buddy up with those countries’ leaders. He would be able to live out the rest of his life comfortably despite what charges America prosecutors may bring against him whether at a federal or local level.
So yes, Trump jokes about leaving the United States if he loses the election but knowing what is awaiting him on the other side of an election loss; is he really joking?