Asked About Peaceful Transition of Power, Trump Says 'We're Gonna Have to See What Happens'

Headline Roundup September 24th, 2020

On Wednesday, a reporter asked President Donald Trump: "Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferral of power after the election?" Trump responded: "We're going to have to see what happens, you know that. I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster." When the reporter asked again, Trump said: "Get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation."

Coverage in many left- and center-rated sources described Trump's comments as a "refusal" to commit to a peaceful transition of power. Some coverage from right-rated outlets focused on Trump's concerns about mail-in ballots and election integrity. Many reports on all sides also focused on Republican lawmakers' responses to the comments, with some coverage in left-rated outlets saying Republicans “downplayed” or “brushed aside” Trump’s comments.

Asked About Peaceful Transition of Power, Trump Says 'We're Gonna Have to See What Happens'

From the Center
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A number of prominent Republican lawmakers addressed President Trump's refusal on Wednesday to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses November's presidential election.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted, "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."

Other prominent Republicans who spoke out against Trump's statement:

Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah): "Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is...

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ANALYSIS

In Donald Trump’s telling of it, the result of the 2020 election, which has not been held yet—and he might even win—is not legitimate. It’s a note Trump struck in 2016, when it looked like he almost certainly would not win, and it’s a scorched earth approach to democracy that he’s only made more extreme this time around. There’s no way to frame Trump’s approach to the upcoming vote as anything other than the stuff of strongmen and authoritarians. This is how elections are treated in Ankara and Moscow.

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From the Right
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President Donald Trump did not commit to ensuring there is a peaceful transfer of power after the presidential election in November.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Trump was asked, “Win, lose, or draw in this election, will you commit here today for a peaceful transferral of power after the election? … Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferral of power after the election?”

“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump responded. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about...

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