Asked About a Peaceful Transfer of Power, Trump Says ‘We’re Going to Have To See What Happens’
Asked at a press conference yesterday whether he would “commit here today for a peaceful transferal of power after the November election,” President Trump declined to answer in the affirmative.
Instead, he offered a non-committal response before diverting to a secondary pet peeve. “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” he said. He then complained about the voting process. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster,” he continued, presumably referencing this year’s expected uptick in mail-in voting, which the president has repeatedly criticized.
Once again, the reporter pressed Trump on whether he would “commit to making sure there’s a peaceful transferal of power.”
And once again, Trump demurred, saying, “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful—there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation. The ballots are out of control. You know. And you know who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats. The Democrats know it better than anyone else.”
Reporter: “Win, lose or draw in this election, will you commit here today for a peaceful transferal of power after the election?”
President Trump: “We’re going to have to see what happens.” pic.twitter.com/h5RF3dKPD1
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 23, 2020
As if often the case when Trump speaks, his disjointed sentences leave some room for interpretation. The most alarming interpretation,
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