Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks throughout her weekly information convention within the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.
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A day after President Donald Trump refused to promise a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the 2020 election, lawmakers pushed back on his statements.
“I have confidence that he won’t get away with saying, for example, I won with … the vote on the ground, the vote in the mail doesn’t count, and the rest of that,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., advised reporters on Thursday.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany advised reporters Thursday: “The president will accept the results of a free and fair election.”
At a press convention Wednesday, Trump mentioned, “we’ll have to see what happens,” when it comes to whether or not he would peacefully hand over his workplace.
“I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster,” Trump mentioned, seemingly referring to mail-in ballots. Trump has repeatedly forged doubt on the legitimacy of mail-in ballots as a voting mechanism, claiming — with out proof — that they’re prone to huge fraud. Many extra voters are anticipated to vote by mail this election as a well being precaution due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. Trump, himself, has voted by mail.
At a congressional listening to Thursday, FBI director Christopher Wray said the company has not traditionally seen “any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it’s by mail or otherwise.”
Democrats have develop into more and more involved about how the bizarre circumstances created by the pandemic will affect the result of the election and transition of power if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the electoral vote. With extra voters anticipated to vote by mail, many anticipate the race shall be unimaginable to name on Election Day until one candidate wins in a landslide.
That may go away room for candidates to forged doubt on the result of the election. Social media firms are already making ready for the chance of one candidate prematurely claiming a victory. And with one Supreme Court seat open following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg final week, a extra conservative courtroom could also be left with the deciding vote on the election final result if it ends with a authorized problem.
At a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday, Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., mentioned he would settle for no matter resolution the Supreme Court determined if the election outcomes reached that time. Graham’s committee is tasked with reviewing judicial appointees and mentioned he would assist Trump’s efforts to fill Ginsburg’s seat, contradicting his statements in 2016 saying the following president ought to make the appointment if a emptiness occurred shut to the election.
“Bottom line is whatever the court decides I will accept,” Graham mentioned Thursday. “Al Gore’s greatest legacy in many ways, to me, is what he did after he lost. He accepted a result of the Supreme Court that was 5-4, like 500 votes in the state of Florida. How many places in the world would power peacefully transfer under those circumstances? How many places in the world where you actually have a peaceful transfer of power to begin with?”
Graham added, “there is no alternative to a peaceful transfer of power.”
“The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., mentioned in a tweet Thursday. “There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.”
Some Twitter customers identified that McConnell’s language left room for interpretation, given many votes are anticipated to not but be counted by election night time.
In statements on Twitter, a number of different Republicans reaffirmed a peaceful transition, although they didn’t name out Trump by title or straight reference his feedback.
“Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus,” tweeted Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who has been important of Trump. “Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”
“As we have done for over two centuries we will have a legitimate & fair election,” tweeted Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. “It may take longer than usual to know the outcome, but it will be a valid one[.] And at noon on Jan 20,2021 we will peacefully swear in the President.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., mentioned Thursday, “There will be a very peaceful transition,” in accordance to The New York Times. He added that the identical query must be requested of Democrats like “Hillary Clinton, who said never concede the race.”
Clinton’s feedback about not conceding the race referred to the doubtless incomplete outcomes that might come out on Election Day due to the anticipated surge in mail-in voting. In an interview launched in August, she mentioned Biden “should not concede under any circumstances” on Election Day provided that it may take extra time to discover out the winner.
Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, tweeted that, “Smart candidates never concede anything before an election. They focus on what it takes to win.”
Correction: An earlier model misstated House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s title.