Bill Maher Predicts Trump Won't Leave Office Peacefully in 2020, Even if Defeated in 'Landslide'

HBO host Bill Maher predicted that President Donald Trump will defy the democratic American electoral process and try to remain in office even if he loses in 2020 by a "landslide."

The Real Time with Bill Maher host was speaking with several guests, including former Clinton National Security advisor Susan Rice and celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, when he once again predicted that Trump won't leave office if he loses the 2020 election. Maher said Trump was barely prepared to leave the national scene if he'd lost the 2016 election. But now that he is in the White House, it will be even more difficult to remove him from power.

Tyson quipped that Maher will have nothing left to make jokes about should Trump leave office without incident in 2020.

"I've been saying for a very long time now that I don't think he's leaving," Maher said Friday night. "I mean, he's wasn't going to leave the first time, he said it's all about 'it's rigged.' He could lose by a landslide in 2020 and I still think he would say 'it's rigged, fake news, deep state.' I just don't think you're going to get him out of there."

Tyson responded, "But Bill, if he left office, what would you talk about in your monologue?"

This is far from the first time the HBO host and outspoken liberal Democrat has made the prediction that Trump will refuse to leave office in 2020. And it is also not the first time someone has suggested that news media and comedians will have little to joke about after Trump's departure from office.

Just days before the November 2016 presidential election, Maher warned his younger viewers against refusing to vote solely over their dislike of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton:

"I know you're young and idealistic, so I've heard these young people on the news and they say things like, 'Well, Donald Trump, I don't like him, but Hillary, I can't vote for a liar.' But I've been doing this for 23 years on TV, I've seen a lot, I know politics. This is different. I promise you, this will not make your life better. Once fascists get power, they don't give it up. You've got President Trump for life."

Many critics of Trump have reiterated their concerns that the president will refuse to leave office peacefully even if he should lose the 2020 election. But ironically, one of his Republican primary challengers, former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh, made one of the mot prominent declarations that Trump should never concede in 2016.

"On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump. On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket. You in?" Walsh tweeted on October 26, 2016, just days before Trump would win over Clinton. "Even if Trump loses fair and square, Chris [Cuomo], the anger is not going to go anywhere. I'm glad the American people are angry because we've been asleep for years."

And in regards to mainstream media news outlets losing viewers after a Trump presidency, the president himself has repeatedly suggested publications will get bored with any one else in the Oval Office: "Watching Sleepy Joe Biden making a speech. Sooo Boring! The LameStream Media will die in the ratings and clicks with this guy. It will be over for them, not to mention the fact that our Country will do poorly with him. It will be one big crash, but at least China will be happy!" Trump tweeted in August.

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HBO host Bill Maher lampooned heads rolling at the DHS and Fox News in his opening monologue on the April 12 episode of "Real Time With Bill Maher." Screengrab/HBO

In his January 2017 farewell speech to the nation, former President Barack Obama touted the U.S., its residents and its government for having a "peaceful transfer of power" between presidents.

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