President Donald Trump on Wednesday declined an opportunity to endorse a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November election, earning scorn from his Democratic challenger Joe Biden and even from within his own party.
According to New York Times, he instead renewed his baseless warnings about extensive voting fraud before saying there would be no power transfer at all.
Asked whether he would “commit here today for a peaceful transferral of power after the November election,” Mr. Trump demurred, passing on a chance to call for a calm and orderly election process.
“We’re going to have to see what happens,” he told a reporter during a news conference at the White House. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”
Former Vice President Biden, who holds a steady lead over the Republican incumbent in opinion polls ahead of the November 3 vote, expressed incredulity.
“I understand that, but people are rioting,” responded the reporter, Brian Karem of Playboy magazine, who repeated the question. “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation,” the president said.
However, responding to reporters when asked about Trump’s comment, Biden said, “What country are we in?”
“Look, he says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say,” he added.
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