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Trump Just Refused To Commit to a Peaceful Transition of Power
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President Trump refused on Wednesday to commit to a peaceful transition of power after the election, the cornerstone of American democracy.
“Well, we're going to have to see what happens," Trump said during an evening press conference at the White House when asked if he would commit to “a peaceful transferral of power” after the election.
“I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster,” he said.
When Playboy reporter Brian Karem followed to say that there already had been riots across the country, Trump doubled down.
“Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly, 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,” he said.
Trump has long refused to commit to accepting the election results if he loses, while accusing Democrats of using a surge in mail ballots to rig the election against him. But he escalated his rhetoric Wednesday night, as he refused to promise to adhere to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses.