US President Donald Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses November’s election.
“Well, we’ll have to see what happens,” the president told a news conference at the White House. “You know that.”
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.
More states are encouraging mail-in voting, citing the need to keep Americans safe from coronavirus.
What did Trump say?
Mr Trump was asked by a reporter on Wednesday evening if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power “win, lose or draw” to Democrat Joe Biden. The president currently trails his challenger in national opinion polls with 41 days to go until the election.
“I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots,” Mr Trump, a Republican, said. “And the ballots are a disaster.”
When the journalist countered that “people are rioting”, Mr Trump interjected: “Get rid of the ballots, and you’ll have a very – you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation.”
This is not the first time Donald Trump has said he won’t accept the election result. Back in 2016, Mr Trump also refused to commit to accepting the election results in his contest against the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, which she characterised as an attack on democracy.
He was eventually declared the winner, although he lost the popular vote by three million, an outcome he still questioned. Citing the unsubstantiated claim once again of voter fraud
Mitt Romney, a Republican senator tweeted on Wednesday: “Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”
The Democrats response?
Mr Biden said Mr Trump’s comments on the transition of power were “irrational”.
The Democrat campaign said it was ready for any “shenanigans” from the president. Adding “the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House”.
Mr Biden has said in August: “Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is re-elected?” This comes after another night of protests and violence across America following amid demonstrations following the grand jury’s decision to not charge anyone over Breonna Taylor’s death.
Last month, Mrs Clinton urged Mr Biden this time not to concede defeat “under any circumstances” in a close race on election night.
She raised the scenario that Republicans would try “messing up absentee balloting” and mobilise an army of lawyers to contest the result.
What did Trump say about the Supreme Court?
Earlier on Wednesday, the US president defended his decision to seek the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice before the presidential election, saying he expects the vote results to end up before the court.
“I think this [the election] will end up in the Supreme Court, and I think it’s very important that we have nine justices,” the president said.
“I think it’s better if you go before the election, because I think this scam that the Democrats are pulling, it’s a scam, the scam will be before the United States Supreme Court.”
Donald Trump is in the process of selecting his Republican nomination to The Supreme Court following the death of Democrat Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg less than a week ago.
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