Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi expressed worry over the possibility that President Donald Trump will not willingly give up his office in 2020 unless Democrats beat him by a “big” enough margins, according to an interview on Saturday with The New York Times.
Pelosi is concerned that the president will not accept the results of the election if they are not in his favor, CNN reports.
"We have to inoculate against that, we have to be prepared for that," she said Wednesday.
If Democrats didn’t win seats in 2018 as overwhelmingly as they did, Pelosi said to the Times, Trump would have tried to “poison the public mind” and “challenge each of the races” during the midterm elections.
In 2018, Democrats netted 40 additional seats in the House, marking the largest Democratic gain in the House in 44 years.
"We had to win. Imagine if we hadn't won — oh, don't even imagine. So, as we go forward, we have to have the same approach," she continued.
The Trump administration declined to comment on Pelosi’s remarks.
In 2018, Trump, without evidence, claimed that “illegal voting” was a rampant problem. And, in his 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton, the president falsely said that “millions of people” cast their ballots illegally for his Democratic opponent, giving her the edge in the popular vote.
Pelosi also said that she did not favor Trump’s impeachment because it could be viewed as too left for many voters.
"Own the center left, own the mainstream," she said.