President Donald Trump will not commit to a peaceful transition of power after Wednesday’s election day, further fueling fears that he will not resign if he loses in November.
“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said when asked whether he’d commit to a peaceful transition, one of the cornerstones of American democracy.
Trump has previously refused to say whether he would accept the election results, echoing his 2016 sentiments. And he joked, he says, about staying in office long after the two constitutionally linked terms.
But his refusal to guarantee a non-violent transition has gone further and is likely to alarm his opponents, who are already concerned about his deployment of federal law enforcement agencies to quell protests in American cities. His reluctance to embark on a peaceful transition was based on what he called voting problems, propagating his false claim that widespread voting by mail is riddled with fraud.
“You know I complained a lot about the ballots and the ballots are out of order,” Trump said at a press conference at the White House, presumably referring to mail-in ballots. which, according to him, would lead to a lack of foundation for voter fraud.
Trump had previously said that his rival Joe Biden would not win until November if the election was “rigged” and today suggested that the election results would be subject to challenge even in the Supreme Court.
As for now, National polls currently show that Trump is following Biden, though investigations into electoral battlefield states are more stringent.