US President Donald Trump refused on Wednesday to pledge a peaceful transfer of power if he is defeated in the November 3 elections, prompting condemnation from the Democratic camp and even among the Republicans.
“We have to see what happens,” Trump told a news conference at the White House.
His statement came in response to a journalist who asked him if he pledged to abide by the most basic rules of democracy in the United States, which is the peaceful transfer of power when the president changes.
And the Republican president, who leads the Democratic candidate in opinion polls, Joe Biden, constantly complains about the conditions for organizing elections and asserts that voting by correspondence may lead to potential fraud.
Biden was quick to comment on Trump’s remarks, saying, “In which country do we live?” “He says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say,” he added.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney went further, saying that expressing any hesitation about implementing what the constitution guarantees is “unreasonable and unacceptable.”
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.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 24, 2020
“Peaceful transfer of power is essential to democracy, without that we would be more like Belarus,” he wrote in a tweet.
On Wednesday, Trump appeared to indicate the possibility of mailing ballots canceled. “Let’s get rid of these cards, and it will be very peaceful, and there will be no actual transfer (of power), it will be like continuity,” he said.