“We have to see what happens,” the president replied to a reporter. “You know, I complained about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster.”
Trump has repeatedly expressed doubts about the current electoral infrastructure, despite numerous studies showing that electoral fraud is extremely rare in the US. The president has campaigned against the unprecedented number of mail-in voting slips expected this year as part of the coronavirus pandemic.This email voting is less secure than other forms of voting. He advocated an unsubstantiated theory that foreign actors plan to send in fake ballot papers in spite of his own intelligence community found no evidence such an act.
The elections also come shortly after a summer of unrest, in which anti-racism protesters, far-right protesters and law enforcement agencies sometimes face each other in publicly known clashes. When asked on Wednesday about the possible public unrest that could result from this year’s election, Trump said, “Get rid of the ballots, you will have a very transfer – you will have a very peaceful one – there will be no transfer, open. There will be a sequel. “
“And the ballots are out of control,” he continued. “You know. And you know, who knows better than anyone? The Democrats.”
Shortly after the comment, Trump turned to announcing his soon-to-be-announced candidate for the Supreme Court and calling the possible implementation of stricter FDA guidelines for approving a coronavirus vaccine a “political move”. He abruptly left the press conference and told reporters that he had an 911 call.
When asked about Trump’s briefing, Biden replied to reporters, “What country are we in? I am joking. ”
“Look, he’s saying the most irrational things,” Biden said, according to a press pool report. “I don’t know what to say.”
The Biden campaign responded to a POLITICO request for briefing with a statement from campaign spokesman Andrew Bates in July: “The American people will make this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting intruders from the White House. “
MP Adam Schiff, who served as Trump’s impeachment manager earlier this year, tweeted in response to Trump’s briefing: “This is how democracy dies. A president who is so desperate to hold onto power that he does not commit to a peaceful transfer of power. That he wants to throw out millions of votes. And a Republican party too astute to say a word. But we will fight back. America belongs to the people. “
Sen. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate who also voted to overthrow Trump during his impeachment trial this year expressed Dismay at the President’s briefing.
“The peaceful transfer of power is fundamental to democracy. without that, there is Belarus, ”he tweeted, referring to the post-election tumult that has gripped the Eastern European country. “Any suggestion that a president does not respect this constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”
Romney was unique among his Republican counterparts in criticizing the president, and some of his former associates openly endorsed Biden as president.
Wednesday’s press conference isn’t the first time Trump has opted out of a smooth transition. Trump also refused to accept the November election results, saying in July that he had to “see” how things went.
“No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and it won’t be the last time I did it,” he said during an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
Trump over the summer also suggested push back the choice amid the coronavirus pandemic, although he has no authority to change the date. Even members of his own party were quick to dismiss the proposal as off the table.
He also repeated asserts Wanting to “rig” the election, the Democrats said at an event in Wisconsin that “the only way you can lose this election is to rig the elections.”
It’s not a new tactic. Trump card said in 2016 The only way he would lose Pennsylvania would be if the Democrats “cheat”. (Trump went on to narrowly win that state.)
However, his recent comments are found amid a series of measures to delegitimize the elections. He urged law enforcement to be used at polling stations and even encouraged supporters to vote twice to protect themselves against what he described as the weak electoral system. Local election officials had to make it clear that voting twice is illegal.
The chairman of the federal election commission, Ellen Weintraub, shot back on Trump’s suggestion on Wednesday that the ballot papers were “out of control” and that he wanted to “get rid of” them.
“If anyone is unclear about the concept, we in the United States will not” get rid of “ballots. We count them, ”she said tweeted. “When we count the ballots – * all * ballots – we determine who will lead our country after our elections. The only way.”