US election: McConnell guarantees an ‘orderly’ transition of energy
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell has insisted that there be an orderly transfer of power
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said there will be an “orderly” transition after the elections after the president questioned the integrity of the process.
The US top senator said regardless of who wins the presidential election on November 3rd, there will be a peaceful inauguration on January 20th.
A day earlier, President Donald Trump refused to commit, saying, “We have to see what happens.”
He has expressed doubts about the postal vote, but election officials insist it is safe to do so.
The president is currently tracking his challenger, Democrat Joe Biden, in national polls, 40 days before the election.
Because of the pandemic, many more Americans than usual will cast their votes by mail this year, and Mr Trump has questioned the security of this postal voting system.
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Every lost presidential candidate has conceded. If Mr. Trump refused to accept the election result, it would break new ground in the country.
Mr Biden has suggested that if this happens, the military could remove Mr Trump from the White House.
What did Republicans say?
“The November 3rd election winner will be unveiled on January 20th,” McConnell tweeted Thursday.
“There will be an orderly transition, just as it has been every four years since 1792.”
Other Republican lawmakers, including vocal Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham, have also promised a safe and fair election.
“I can assure you that it will be peaceful,” Graham told Fox News.
Senator Mitt Romney gave a more critical response on Wednesday, saying, “Any suggestion that a president might fail to honor this constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”
What did Trump say?
Mr Trump was asked by a reporter on Wednesday evening whether he would “win, lose or tie” a peaceful transfer of power to Mr Biden.
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Media signatureWhen asked, President Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the elections
“I complained very badly about the ballot,” said Trump. “And the ballots are a disaster.”
When the journalist countered that “people are getting upset,” Mr. Trump interjected, “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll be very – you will be very peaceful – there will be no broadcast, frankly, there.” I will be a sequel. “
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As early as 2016, Mr. Trump refused to accept the election results in his competition against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, which she described as an attack on democracy.
He was eventually declared the winner despite losing the referendum by three million, a result he was still questioning.
What did democrats say?
House Democratic spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, the third most powerful politician in Washington, told reporters Thursday that she was not surprised by Mr Trump’s earlier statements.
Ms. Pelosi added that the president “admires people who keep their roles in government,” quoting Russian Vladimir Putin, North Korean Kim Jong-un and Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“But I remind him: you are not in North Korea, you are not in Turkey, you are not in Russia, Mr. President … why don’t you just try for a moment to honor your oath of office?”
Speaking to reporters in Delaware, Mr. Biden said that Mr. Trump’s comments on the change in power were “irrational”.
The Democratic team also said “the United States government is perfectly positioned to escort intruders from the White House”.
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Mr Biden himself was accused by Conservatives of creating unrest over the elections by saying in August: “Does anyone think that there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is re-elected?”
Last month, Ms. Clinton urged Mr. Biden not to admit defeat early on election night. “I think it will take a while and at some point I think he will win if we don’t give an inch.”
She raised the scenario of Republicans trying to “mess up the postal voting” and mobilize an army of lawyers to challenge the outcome.
Doubts about the fairness of the November vote arise when another high-stakes political battle is fought – whether or not to appoint a new Supreme Court judge before the elections.