Oct 17, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump suggests he'll leave the U.S. if he loses to Biden

Mike Allen
Trump speaking in Macon, Georgia, on Oct. 16.
Trump speaking in Macon, Georgia, on Oct. 16. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

At a rally in Friday night in Macon, Georgia, President Trump mocked Joe Biden, saying, "The mask is always so large!" — and suggested that he would leave the U.S. out of embarrassment if he lost to the former vice president.

What he's saying: "I shouldn’t joke because you know what? Running against the worst candidate in the history of presidential politics puts pressure on me," Trump said. "Could you imagine if I lose? My whole life, what am I gonna do? I'm gonna say: 'I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics.' I'm not gonna feel so good. Maybe I'll have to leave the country — I don't know."

The big picture: At the warmup for Trump's rally, Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) intentionally mispronounced Sen. Kamala Harris' name, drawing immediate criticism from his Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff and others.

  • Perdue, to laughter: "Kamala? Or Kamala? Or Kamala? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Whatever!"

Don't forget: The two have been colleagues in the Senate for four years, and serve on the Budget Committee together.

  • Pro tip: Try "Senator Harris."
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