President Donald Trump has suggested he would not accept the results of the 2020 presidential election if he were to lose. Let’s say he does lose and he refuses to leave the White House. What then? Nothing like this has ever happened in American history, so it’s difficult to know for certain. However, political scientists and historians told Live Science they’re reasonably confident it wouldn’t work.

In one scenario, assume that challenger Joe Biden wins by a wide enough margin in enough swing states to put the actual election results beyond doubt. It’s reasonable to wonder whether Trump, who has said that he could only lose if the election were “rigged” against him, would ever accept the results of an election he lost.



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