If U.S. President Donald Trump loses the Nov. 3 presidential election, he may not transfer power peacefully. The statement came on Wednesday at a news conference, while he was responding to a question about if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power. He said he had been complaining very strongly about the ballots, which are a disaster. It is uncommon for a sitting president to express incomplete confidence in American democracy’s electoral process.
On Wednesday night, Joe Biden was asked about Trump’s comment after landing in Wilmington, Delaware. He wondered which country he was in, adding he was facetious. Joe said, “Look, he says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say about it. But it doesn’t surprise me.” Trump has been tweeting and speaking out critically about mail-in voting this November. In keeping voters safe amid the coronavirus pandemic, many states are encouraging mail-in voting. Trump, who uses mail-in voting himself, has tried to differentiate between States that automatically send mail ballots to all registered voters to those that send them only to voters who request a mail ballot.
Trump believes the general mail voting will result in massive fraud. The five states that regularly send mail ballots to every voter have seen no noteworthy fraud. On Wednesday, Trump seemed to propose that there would be no concern about fraud or peaceful transfers of power if states got “rid of” the unsolicited mailing of ballots. Trump said, “You 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.”
Trump also declined to commit to accepting the results. Moreover, the Biden campaign responded on Wednesday by saying the American people will decide the coming election. It also said the U.S. government is perfectly able to escort trespassers out of the White House. On the other hand, the American Civil Liberties Union also protested Trump’s remarks. National Legal Director David Cole said peaceful transfer of power is essential to a functioning democracy. David added that the statement from the president of the United States should trouble every American.
Ahead of the 2016 election, Trump made similar comments after he was asked in an interview whether he would abide by the voters’ will. Trump said he would “keep you in suspense.” As Trump has suggested, it’s unlikely that any chaos in states with universal mail-in voting will cause the election result to be inaccurately tabulated. The five States that already have such balloting have had time to ramp up their systems. At the same time, four states newly adopting it have not.
Washington, D.C., is among the recently adopting it. Besides, Nevada is a battleground worth six electoral votes.
California, New Jersey, Vermont and D.C. are likely to be won by Biden since they are overwhelmingly Democratic.