By Mukwuzi Joseph
President Trump on Wednesday declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the November 3 election to Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The comment comes days ahead of his announcement of a Supreme Court nominee Saturday.
“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Mr. Trump said, asked by a reporter in a White House news conference whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power. Noting that he’s been complaining about mail-in ballots, Mr. Trump went on to say the practice is rife with fraud.
The president also said he doesn’t think he’ll lose.
“There won’t be a transfer, frankly — there’ll be a continuation,” Mr. Trump said.
Utah GOP Senator Mitt Romney, who has not hesitated to criticize the president, condemned the idea that the peaceful transfer of power might be in question, tweeting, “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.
Biden had a similar response when asked about the president’s remarks Wednesday night. “What country are we in? He says the most irrational things,” Biden told a pool reporter. “I don’t know what to say about that.”