More than an hour into his latest rambling campaign rally speech in Macon, Georgia, on Friday night, President Donald Trump briefly imagined a future where he loses the 2020 election to Joe Biden.
“You know what? Running against the worst candidate in the history of American politics puts pressure on me,” Trump told the crowd. “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! I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country, I don’t know.” Currently trailing Biden by double digits in most national and many battleground state polls, the president faces multiple potential prosecutions should fail to win a second term next month.
"And then you're immune" — Trump falsely advises his fans that they'll be immune from coronavirus if they get it and recover. (In fact there are documented cases of reinfection.) pic.twitter.com/2VvOXlziXp
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 17, 2020
Trump says he may leave the US if Biden wins. pic.twitter.com/XmbtYpNDoh
— David Mack (@davidmackau) October 17, 2020
But it’s still interesting that Trump has now reached the point where he’s openly talking about leaving the country if he loses the election. Whether he was being sarcastic or not, it was a little bit too on-the-nose. You have to wonder if Trump said this tonight because he’s been seriously kicking around the fantasy of actually fleeing the country if he loses.