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Trump again refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses election

Trump Again Refuses to Commit to A Peaceful Transfer of Power If He Loses the Election

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November 3 election to Democratic rival Joe Biden and has said he expects the electoral battle to end before the Supreme Court.
“We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump, a Republican, told White House reporters when asked if he would pledge to transfer power.
The president, who trails Biden in national opinion polls, has repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the election, arguing without evidence that postal voting would lead to fraud and a “rigged” result.
“The ballots are a disaster,” Trump said.
Democrats have encouraged mail voting as a safe way to vote during the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of Americans, including much of the military, have voted by mail for years without a problem.
In 2016, Trump also raised the question of whether he would accept the election results. He then won the presidency.
Biden, speaking to reporters in Delaware, said Trump’s comments on the power transition were “irrational.”
Her campaign said she was prepared for all Trump “shenanigans” and reiterated July’s comments that “the US government is perfectly capable of escorting intruders out of the White House.”
Mitt Romney, a rare critic of Trump among Republican senators, said on Twitter: “The peaceful transition of power is fundamental to democracy; without it there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might disregard this constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable. ”
Trump, who is moving quickly to appoint a successor to Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, said earlier Wednesday that he believes the election “will end in the Supreme Court and I think it is vital that we have nine judges.”
Trump plans to announce his nominee on Saturday.
A Senate confirmation vote ahead of the election would seal a Conservative 6-to-3 majority in court, potentially causing problems for Democrats if called upon to settle a legal dispute over the election results.
“This scam that the Democrats are pulling is a scam, the scam will be in the United States Supreme Court, and I think a 4-4 situation is not a good situation,” Trump said.
Only one US presidential election, the 2000 contest between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore, had its outcome determined by the Supreme Court.
Previously, in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was campaigning, Biden said Republicans were “violating the essence” of what the founders of the country had planned by quickly seeking to occupy the seat of the Supreme Court.
“It’s an abuse of power of what they are doing, and I think we should focus on what that is going to mean for health care,” Biden said, suggesting such a conservative majority could push back abortion rights and the Obamacare health care law.
Trump has already appointed two Conservatives to life court positions, Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.
Supreme Court appointments require Senate confirmation and Republicans hold 53 of the 100 chamber seats.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he intends to act on any appointments made by Trump. Democrats accuse McConnell of hypocrisy, pointing out that he refused to allow the Senate even to consider Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat in 2016 because it was an election year.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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