Washington – Democratic and Republican leaders in the US Congress responded quickly after President Donald Trump declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses in the November election.
Trump said at a press conference Wednesday that “We’ll see what happens,” in response to a question about whether he would respect the results. “You know I have been complaining very loudly about the ballots, and the ballots are a mess.”
Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders did not hesitate to commit to a peaceful transfer if Trump loses.RELATED
“The winner of the November 3 election will be sworn in on January 20,” Senate Majority Leader McConnell said in a t weet. “There is going to be an orderly transition, as there has been every four years since 1792.”
The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.
– Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 24, 2020
The Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, called it “really regrettable” that the President of the United States even created that question. “What would the founders of the country think?” He asked.
“Calm down, Mr. President,” Pelosi declared at a press conference.
He reminded Trump that the United States is not North Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, or another country with the dictators he admires.
“You are in the United States of America. It’s a democracy, ”Pelosi said. “So why don’t you try for a moment to honor our oath to the United States Constitution.”
He added that he trusts that voters in the United States will cast their ballots and elect the president.
No Republican lawmaker defended Trump.
Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally and chairman of the Senate Legal Affairs Committee, told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that “if we Republicans lose, we will accept the results. If the Supreme Court rules in Joe Biden’s favor, I will accept the result. “
Republican Representative Liz Cheney, one of the minority leaders in the House of Representatives, tweeted: “The peaceful transfer of power is enshrined in the Constitution and critical to the survival of our Republic. The leaders of the country take an oath to the Constitution. We will uphold that oath. “
Veteran Republican Senator Richard Shelby, chairman of the Budget Appropriations Commission, said: “We have always had a peaceful transition of power. It is one of our hallmarks. And I think this year will not be an exception ”.
It is highly unusual for a president to express distrust in the electoral process of American democracy. But four years ago, Trump refused to commit to accepting the election results if Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival, won.
Biden, his current Democratic opponent, was asked about Trump’s comments after arriving in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday night.
“What country are we in?” He asked incredulously, adding, “I’m joking. Look, he says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to tell you about that. But I’m not surprised ”.
Trump has been campaigning against voting by mail, tweeting and speaking critically about the system. More states are encouraging vote-by-mail to keep people safe amid the pandemic.
The president, who votes by mail, has tried to distinguish between states that automatically send ballots to all registered voters and those that, like Florida, send them only to voters who request them.
Trump has said without any evidence that the mass mail ballots would lead to massive fraud. The five states that usually send ballots to all voters have not recorded significant fraud.