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Trump Refuses to Pledge Peaceful Transfer of Power if He Loses Election

Thu 24 Sep 2020 | 07:28 PM
Ahmed Moamar

US President Donald J. Trump has refused to pledge a peaceful transfer of power in the United States of America (USA) if he loses the November 3 election to his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

We'll see what happens," Trump, a Republican, told reporters at the White House on Thursday when was asked whether he would stick to a peaceful transfer of power.

The president has repeatedly sought to question the legitimacy of the election due to his concerns about the mail vote that Democrats had encouraged during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Trump had expressed his belief that the matter will end with the 2020 presidential elections in the Supreme Court.

He added that he believes that this is the reason for the importance of having nine judges in the Supreme Court.

Speaking at the White House, Trump said Senator Lindsey Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, would not even have to hold a hearing for the Supreme Court nominee and that the process would proceed quickly.

This follows the death of a liberal court judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on Friday.

On the other hand, Republican Senator Mitt Romney from Utah compared Trump's comment on the post-election handover of power with the situation in Belarus.

Romney said in a tweeted, hours earlier, that the peaceful transfer of power is fundamental to democracy, otherwise, it is similar to Belarus. That is, the president may not respect this constitutional guarantee, which is unreasonable and unacceptable."

Trump only expressed his confidence in his victory.

In February, Romney became the first senator in American history to support the impeachment of the head of state of his own party, during the congressional consideration of the withdrawal of confidence from Trump.

On his part, Trump has long criticized Romney, stating that he did not make enough effort to defeat Democrat Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential elections.

Trump said he is afraid that he may lose the upcoming presidential election in November due to voting by mail.

Democrats supported this method of voting instead of casting ballots in polling stations across the country.

He expressed concern that voting by mail is the only possibility that can make him lose, because they (mean Democrats) are deceiving, looting, stealing.

"They (Democrats) are not sending (ballot papers) to some areas, especially Republican ones." Trump said over an interview with The Washington Times, a pro-Republicans daily newspaper.

Proceeding from this, US President believes that expressing will in this way can lead to violations of law.

Trump has repeatedly spoken out against the option to vote by mail, which could be allowed in some states due to the new novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

On the other hand US President sees that former US Vice President Joseph ( Joe) Biden, who won enough votes from delegates for the upcoming Democratic Party convention, to run for the presidency in November, is weaker than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who contested him for the presidency in 2016.

Responding to a request to compare Biden with Clinton as contenders in the next presidential election, Trump said: "He is weaker, but the (Democrats) electoral machine is stronger because it is desperate.

According to the results of recent polls conducted by the specialized portal "Real Clear Politics", Biden leads Trump on average by 8.5% in the level of popularity among voters.

The head of the current US administration has already obtained the necessary number of votes from party delegates to push him as a Republican candidate in the 59th US presidential election scheduled for November 3.

On the other hand, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, considered that what disclosed by John Bolton, former National Security Adviser in his memoirs indicates that Trump is "inappropriate and not ready to be president leads the United States of America (UAS).