President Donald Trump may not handover, if he loses his re-election.
The President of the United States of America, USA, Donald Trump, on Wednesday, refused to guarantee that he will handover power, if he loses the November 2020, Presidential election, earning scorn from his Democratic Party main Challenger, Joe Biden, and even from within his own party, the Republican Party, Page 36 learnt.
“Well, we are going to have to see what happens”, President Trump responded, when asked at a White House Press Conference, whether he is committed to the most basic tenet of democratic rule in the United States, which is the peaceful handover of power upon a change of President.
Reacting, Joe Biden, who holds a steady lead over the Republican incumbent in local opinion polls ahead of the election, expressed incredulity.
“What country are we in?”, the former Vice President said, when asked about President Trump’s comment by Reporters.
“Look, he says the most irrational things. I do not know what to say.”
Elsewhere, a Republican Senator, Mitt Romney, a frequent but rare party critic of President Trump, went further, saying that any hesitation on the core Constitution guarantee, is “unthinkable and unacceptable”.
“Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus”, he tweeted.
President Trump followed up his remarks, unprecedented in modern times for a US President, by resuming his near daily complaint about the fairness of the election.
Apparently referring to the increased use of mail-in ballots, due to the coronavirus pandemic, he stated: “You know that have been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”
President Trump frequently claims that mail-in ballots are vulnerable to mass fraud, and are being encouraged by Democrats to rig the election.
However, there is no evidence that ballots sent through the postal service have ever led to significant fraud in US elections.
At the Press Conference, President Trump seemed to suggest annulling what are expected to be the huge numbers of mailed-in ballots, noting that, in such a scenario, he would remain in power.
“Get rid of the ballots, and you will have a very peaceful; there will not be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation”, he said.
President Trump’s latest insistence that there cannot be a free and fair Presidential election, came as pressure mounts over his plan to put a new, right-leaning justice on the Supreme Court.
He is set to nominate a replacement on Saturday, for the late liberal-leaning Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week.
His Republican Party, which has a majority in the Senate, is then expected to quickly confirm the nominee.
If they succeed, the 9-Justice court would then likely have a strongly pro-conservative bent for years to come.
Democrats are crying foul, saying that the process should wait until the results of the election are known, allowing the winner to shape the Supreme Court.
With President Trump and the Republicans mounting a series of court challenges against the use of mail-in ballots, the chances of a contested election result are considered high.
On Wednesday, the US President said that he thinks the election “will end up in the Supreme Court”.