Trump could be forcibly removed from presidency by Congress if he refuses to concede

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Although Donald Trump hasn’t conceded defeat, he has accepted that a formal transition of power should begin for President-elect Joe Biden. The incumbent US President insists that he will continue “the good fight” to challenge the result of the 2020 presidential election. This has bolstered fears over what would happen if President Trump continues to refuse to peacefully concede, something which Dr Clodagh Harrington, an Associate Professor in American Politics at De Montfort University, Leicester, spoke to about.

Dr Harrington said: “One has to hope that it doesn’t come to that.

“In the end, America’s had enormous challenges to its democracy along the way.

“It always has managed to bounce back.

“I think if push came to constitutional shove, the onus is on Congress and the onus is on the courts for removal of the President.”

She continued: “One kind of dreads to think that that would even have to happen.

“But if it did, it’s not a case of the military coming in.

“They’re not a tin-pot dictatorship, the military won’t get involved.

“It will be done in a sort of white-collar kind of a way.”

The Associate Professor added: “But one would happen that it doesn’t even have to get to that.

“It would be very fraught and difficult.

“Without a doubt people would take to the streets, which is obviously what we want to avoid.”

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The General Services Administration said it was acknowledging Mr Biden as the “apparent winner”.

Emily Murphy, the GSA Administrator, is the government official in charge of signing off on the election result.

However she has stalled the sign-off despite Mr Biden’s clear win and the failure of many of President Trump’s legal challenges.

Mr Trump tweeted yesterday: “I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA.

“Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same.”

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