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Trump said what???

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25.09.2020

Here are three questions one might ask former V-P Joe Biden:

(1) Mr. Biden, after the election, will you be attending Trump’s inauguration?
(2) Mr. Biden, after the election, if you lose, will you be attending Trump’s inauguration?
(3) Mr. Biden, after the election, if you win, will you be attending Trump’s inauguration?

They vary only slightly, but they’re very different.

Number (1) has the flaw that litigators refer to as “assuming facts not in evidence.” It assumes that Pres. Trump will win. But no one knows what will happen in the future, so the question is flawed and unfair. Why should Mr. Biden assume that he will lose?

Number (2), on the other hand, does not assume any facts; it poses an explicitly hypothetical situation—“if you lose”—rather than making any assumption. Some people refuse to answer hypothetical questions, but they’re not inherently unfair.

Question number (3), unlike the other two, is completely nonsensical. If Mr. Biden wins, there won’t be any Trump inauguration.

Keeping those distinctions in mind, let’s turn to the latest hold-the-presses, hair-on-fire brouhaha that has exploded over what Trump said or didn’t say about “a peaceful transferal of power after the election.” This past Wednesday, Pres. Trump and a reporter had the following exchange (which begins at 8:39 in the C-SPAN video):

Reporter: Mr. President, real quickly, win, lose or draw in this election, will you........

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