Trump refuses to promise transfer of power if he loses US vote
Democratic challenger Joe Biden holds a steady lead over the Republican incumbent in opinion polls ahead of the November 3 vote.
File: US president Donald Trump.AFP/Drew AngererWASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to guarantee that he will transfer power if he loses the November election, earning scorn from his Democratic challenger Joe Biden and even from within his own party.
"Well, we're going to have to see what happens," Trump responded when asked at a White House press conference whether he is committed to the most basic tenet of democratic rule in the United States -- the peaceful handover of power upon a change of president.
Biden, who holds a steady lead over the Republican incumbent in opinion polls ahead of the November 3 vote, expressed incredulity."What country are we in?" the former vice president said, when asked about Trump's comment by reporters."Look, he says the most irrational things. I don't know what to say."
Republican Senator Mitt Romney, a frequent but rare party critic of Trump, went further, saying that any hesitation on the core constitution guarantee was"unthinkable and unacceptable.""Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus," he tweeted.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on January 31, 2020 in Fort Madison, Iowa.Justin Sullivan / Getty Images North America / AFPTrump followed up his remarks -- unprecedented in modern times for a US president -- by resuming his near daily complaint about the fairness of the election.
Apparently referring to the increased use of mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic, he said:"You know that I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster."Trump frequently claims that mail-in ballots are vulnerable to mass fraud and are being encouraged by Democrats to rig the election.
However, there is no evidence that ballots sent through the postal service have ever led to significant fraud in US elections.At the press conference, Trump seemed to suggest annulling what are expected to be the huge numbers of mailed-in ballots, noting that in such a scenario, he would remain in power.
"Get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very peaceful -- there won't be a transfer, frankly. There'll be a continuation," he said.READ:Trump 'more and more angry at China' over coronavirusTrump's latest insistence that there cannot be a free and fair presidential election came as pressure mounts over his plan to put a new, right-leaning justice on the Supreme Court.
Trump is set to nominate a replacement on Saturday for the late liberal-leaning justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week.His Republican Party, which has a majority in the Senate, is then expected to quickly confirm the nominee.If they succeed, the nine-justice court would then likely have a strongly pro-conservative bent for years to come.
Democrats are crying foul, saying that the process should wait until the results of the election are known, allowing the winner to shape the Supreme Court.With Trump and the Republicans mounting a series of court challenges against the use of mail-in ballots, the chances of a contested election result are considered high.
On Wednesday, Trump said he thinks the election"will end up in the Supreme Court." Read more: eNCA »
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Never thought it can be an issue in USA. The presidency in that country is a straight jacket 🧥. realDonaldTrump will be thrown out much faster than the way he went in through the front door. He will be trash / vermin the minute he tries that. That’s just him being narcissistic By now if I'm being honest, I thought realDonaldTrump would long have pressed the wrong button and launched all the nukes and ended the world. 😃
Trump is going to win in this coming election like it or not Oh he will removef by force. Trust me👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾 Weird that this is even in the news cycle, a hypothetical scenario, but I'm sure Biden would also not concede, seeing as he already hired an army of lawyers. Now you can see the bias of mainstream media, activists masquerading as 'journalists'.
eNCA is useless that is why it report lies all the time and Trump is gonna win because he puts America and American first not media biased like you ..idiots DICTATOR trump !!!!!!!!! We have a old world dictater already , dah !!! Because he is a bully...Hillary Clinton knows him better...she said that during the past presidential election.
Classic TheDailyShow the African President lol You are fake news!! Your anti Trump narrative is boring and without truth. The CNN of South Africa. What type of narrative is this? Awful journalism, just copy and paste CNN.🤦 If it was an african president saying this you usembassyharare would have started shouting human rights and democracy, why cant you do it now . What nonsense is this? Why is Trump undermining the American vote? Focus on your American rot. Leave Zimbabwe alone!
This is bullshittery, the only people who have threatened not to hand over power and burn shit down are the Democrats. 🤣🤣🤣 an african dictator. STOP WATCHING CNN Lawrd have mercy. Just when you thought dictators were only in The African Continent 💁🏽♂️🤣🤣 T2020!MAGA!KAG! BestPresidentEver45 Democrats want to rig the elections !!
Absolutely rubbish reporting. Hard to find objective reporting nowadays... Kak storie. Welcome to America the home of democracy Iamgeno_tebo Fake News Bad ass Is inviting war... ebanna is this a joke? is that even possible?😳😳 Umm. The democrats also refused to concede the elections if they lose. So they are all the same
Oh please...🙄 You guys scraping the bottom of the Trump barrel now 😂 Its fine he must stay in office, if the democrats win its back to phase 1 child sarifices, hollywood nonsese, white monopoly in SA will have no backbone as is already happening... ...and once again, we see the rhetoric, the opposition party slating the person they want to beat and not focusing on their initiatives coupled with riding the wabe of journalistic pretentious stupidity
zanupf_patriots munhu wenyu uyu news24 is gone crazy they get their headlines from cnn A dictator in the making in America . Seriously tell me one politician who talks about loosing during a political campaign? Why would he feed a political narrative of his opponents The question he was asked was framed in a way to make it very difficult to give a yes or no answer. With 50 million people voting by mail it could be impossible to call a winner for many days or even weeks.
This dictactor is full of Sh*t 'Well, we're going to have to see what happens,' not exactly what the headlines reads but ok. Dems have been able to protest, burn and loot in person but can't vote in person now? They have already righed mail in voting, so I would be hessistant as well. The press is a joke.
I think you got this the wrong way. Democrats promised riots and violence if trump gets reelected, they promised to start riots if he reelects a Supreme Court judge, which Obama did the same thing.... Don't get your facts from CNN 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 🤣🤣 he must rig the votes like MYANC 🤣🤣 in that way he will remain in power
Ur reporting it sound stupid🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 if he loss he loss n he will step down but then what can we expect from u 🤔🤔🤔 This is BS!!! I live in the USA and it is NOT what he said. This is FAKE NEWS!!!!
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