In an alternate on the White House press convention Wednesday that shocked many Americans, Donald Trump refused to decide to a “peaceable switch of energy” ought to he lose the election and as a substitute falsely prompt that the “ballots are uncontrolled” forward of voting day on Nov. 3.
“Win, lose or draw on this election, will you commit right here at present for a peaceable transferal of energy after the election?” a reporter requested. “There has been rioting in Louisville, there’s been rioting in lots of cities throughout this nation, pink and- your so-called pink and blue states. Will you commit to creating positive that there’s a peaceable transferal of energy after the election?”
“Well, we’re gonna must see what occurs,” Trump replied. “You know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly concerning the ballots, and the ballots are a catastrophe.”
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“I perceive that, however persons are rioting” the reporter countered. “Do you commit to creating positive that there’s a peaceable transferal of energy?”
That’s when Trump overtly questioned the legitimacy of the ballots. “Get rid of the ballots and also you’ll have a really peaceable — there gained’t be a switch, frankly. There’ll be a continuation,” he stated.
Trump then baselessly accused Democrats of participating in electoral fraud: “The ballots are uncontrolled. You comprehend it, and you recognize who is aware of it higher than anyone else? The Democrats comprehend it higher than anyone else.”
While it wasn’t clear which ballots Trump was referring to, he has repeatedly superior the false declare that mail-in voting is a supply of voter fraud. On an virtually common foundation, consultants say this claim has no basis in fact. Also, the one credible instance of such voter fraud in fashionable instances concerned a Republican political operative in North Carolina, who was indicted on multiple charges in 2019. Trump additionally voted by mail within the 2018 election and the 2020 Republican primary. He and spouse Melania additionally requested mail-in ballots for the 2020 general election.
However, many states have expanded mail-in voting as a way to cut back the chance of additional unfold of COVID-19, and Trump has repeatedly admitted that he believes mail-in voting would benefit Democrats more than Republicans. That declare also appears to be false, as is the accusation that Democrats are engaged in election cheating.
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Asked if he’d “commit to creating positive that there’s a peaceable transferral of energy after the election,” win or lose, Pres. Trump replies, “Well, we’ll must see what occurs.” https://t.co/JUzMGHCfwo pic.twitter.com/sSxuunLr2t
— ABC News (@ABC) September 23, 2020