Cotton, a staunch ally of Trump, defended Trump on Sunday by claiming the Democrats were assessing the president’s intentions. He said Trump would accept the results if the courts settle a controversial election or if the results are clear on election night.
“What the president said is that he will not admit in advance, especially with so many states changing postal voting rules at the last minute,” Cotton said.
Trump has repeatedly considered mail-in voting as a gateway to electoral fraud, despite several states having safely used the practice for years. Election fraud is extremely rare in the United States.
“The premise for the question you just asked me is that the president is going to lose,” Cotton told Tapper. “I don’t think the president will lose. I think the president will win.”
Shortly after Cotton, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Condemned the president’s statements as dangerous and called on his Republican colleagues for not talking about them.
The centrist Democrat told Tapper that Senate members “should be absolutely appalled at the thought” that Trump is against the will of the people.
“What the president is saying is that there can basically be upheaval on election night or the morning after the election when we usually have the satisfaction of knowing who that winner will be. That couldn’t happen because of Covid-19 . ” Said Manchin. “As soon as he sows the seeds of suspicion, we have a problem.”