TRUMP WON’T COMMIT TO PEACEFUL TRANSFER OF POWER IF HE LOSES
President Donald Trump again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election, Aamer Madhani and Kevin Freking reported for the Associated Press (AP.)
Democratic challenger Joe Biden was asked about Trump’s comment after landing in Wilmington, Delaware, Wednesday night. “What country are we in?” Biden asked incredulously, adding: “I’m being facetious. Look, he says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say about it. But it doesn’t surprise me.” The Biden campaign responded Wednesday, as it did after Trump’s July comments: “The American people will decide this election. And the US government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”
“We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said at a news conference, responding to a question about a peaceful transfer. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.” He added: “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.” Trump is still the US president and the election is being held under his administration.
Trump has baselessly claimed widespread mail voting will lead to massive fraud. The five states that routinely send mail ballots to all voters have seen no significant fraud. The five states that already have such balloting have had time to ramp up their systems, while four states newly adopting it — California, New Jersey, Nevada and Vermont — have not. Washington, D.C., is also newly adopting it. Of those nine states, only Nevada is a battleground, worth six electoral votes and likely to be pivotal only in a national presidential deadlock. California, New Jersey, Vermont and D.C. are overwhelmingly Democratic and likely to be won by that party’s nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.
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