Trump Threatens: No Peaceful Transfer of Power if he loses
President Donald Trump again declined to commit on Wednesday to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the upcoming US presidential election.
“Well, we’ll have to see what happens,” the president at a news conference, responding to a question about whether he’d commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the November 3 poll.
Mr Trump also said he believed the election result could end up in the US Supreme Court, as he again cast doubt on postal voting.
“You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.” Trump said.
The president, who uses mail-in voting himself, has tried to distinguish between states that automatically send mail ballots to all registered voters and those, like Florida, that send them only to voters who request a mail ballot.
Trump on Wednesday appeared to suggest that if states got “rid of” the unsolicited mailing of ballots there would be no concern about fraud or peaceful transfers of power.
“You’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer frankly,” Trump said. “There’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control, you know it, and you know, who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.”
It is highly unusual that a sitting president would express less than complete confidence in the American democracy’s electoral process. But he also declined four years ago to commit to honoring the election results if his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, won.
If Mr Trump were to refuse to accept the result of the election, it would take the US into uncharted territory and it is not clear how it would play out.
However President Trump’s opponent, Democrat Joe Biden, has previously said that in this scenario he believes the military would be deployed to remove Mr Trump from the White House.