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Donald Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election in November.
Responding to a reporter at a news conference, he said: "Well, we'll have to see what happens."
Q: Will you commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election?
TRUMP: "We're gonna have to see what happen… https://t.co/5AgCiRUxcW — Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)
Trump is currently polling behind Joe Biden in national opinion polls.
But if the president were to lose the election, he could be the first presidential candidate in modern history not to concede.
People online were astonished and appalled.
Trump should be impeached right now.
No hearings necessary.
Just play the video clip: Doesn't agree to peaceful… https://t.co/McLpw7soG9 — Michelangelo Signorile (@Michelangelo Signorile)
Not agreeing to a peaceful transfer of power is about as unconstitutional as you can get.
Impeach the MF!
And again. — Brian O'Sullivan (@Brian O'Sullivan)
Trump has just been asked, as no president has ever had to be asked in the modern era, whether he will commit to a… https://t.co/p46oiDj3fc — Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)
The president refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. Next week, Republicans will praise Donald Trump's… https://t.co/zcp1fiVMyh — Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol)
Peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy.
This thinly veiled threat from the sitting President sh… https://t.co/dFWrV2tPeu — Tammy Duckworth (@Tammy Duckworth)
The peaceful transfer of power is essential to a functioning democracy.
This statement from the president of the U… https://t.co/bB99JtqqSM — ACLU (@ACLU)
Literally every front page tomorrow and every newscast tonight should lead with “PRESIDENT REFUSES PEACEFUL TRANSFER OF POWER” — David Weiner (@David Weiner)
"Trump Won't Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power" should be on the front page of every newspaper in America.
how… https://t.co/VFktkRedog — Eric Boehlert (@Eric Boehlert)
What President of the United States has EVER refused to say there will be a peaceful transfer of power if he loses… https://t.co/XHHXaSLQLf — Jen Wood - est optimum simpliciter (@Jen Wood - est optimum simpliciter)
We need an overwhelming blue wave this November. Trump has just indicated he will not commit to a peaceful transfer… https://t.co/fCCgJmWg7D — Fiona Whelan Prine (@Fiona Whelan Prine)
Every single GOP Senator and Representative should be pushed by reporters to answer: Do you believe in and are you… https://t.co/j3uFNSDgr5 — Steven Beschloss (@Steven Beschloss)
Not a day should go by that the discussion in the public square, in the media, and among ourselves, isn't about the… https://t.co/dYX8gAgf02 — Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)
When pressed on his answer, Trump said:
Get rid of the ballots, we'll have a very peaceful transfer. There won't be a transfer, frankly, we'll have a continuation.
Get rid of the ballots, we'll have a very peaceful transfer.
There won't be a transfer, frankly, we'll have a continuation.
People were equally horrified by this.
Rather than commit to a peaceful transfer of power, the president just said that if you get rid of the ballots, he… https://t.co/bFgkIaU1nW — Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)
People who are very chill about the President not committing to the peaceful transfer of power unless they “get rid… https://t.co/Ds5Oo2ITMu — Brian Schatz (@Brian Schatz)
President just refused to commit to a peaceful of power. "There will not be a transfer of power. The ballots are ou… https://t.co/GY7ClrpT61 — (((Howard Forman))) (@(((Howard Forman))))
Donald J. Trump: “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a tra… https://t.co/JcQdgEI02D — Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)
Trump isn’t even pretending to be President. He has completed his shift to dictator. Many Americans don’t understan… https://t.co/zjhggWn9t6 — Bryce Tache (@Bryce Tache)
Dear America: it’s crystal clear that #Trump wants to be a dictator. The question is, do you want a dictator? It’s… https://t.co/8VOsX8CSvO — Andy Ostroy (@Andy Ostroy)
Authoritarian sounds harmless. Let's call Trump what he is...a fascist dictator trying to overthrow our democracy.… https://t.co/XLJFIhZ4SA — Doug Christi (@Doug Christi)
WE are in a democratic emergency- the peaceful transfer of power is the bedrock of democracy. Trump cannot destroy… https://t.co/4P83JbobbL — Rachel Bitecofer 📈🔭🍌 (@Rachel Bitecofer 📈🔭🍌)
I wanted to encourage all of you to CALL YOUR SENATORS AND HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES and request that they do everythin… https://t.co/oRt79prGvA — BERTA (@BERTA)
Anyone who still supports Trump after this statement where he doesn’t guarantee the peaceful transfer of power shou… https://t.co/7Z9H5F5hl3 — Andrew C Laufer, Esq (@Andrew C Laufer, Esq)
The president* suggested we “get rid of the ballots and have a continuation of power”... rather than answer a quest… https://t.co/F9hU9sWOaR — Mo Reilley (@Mo Reilley)
A landslide for either candidate would make a peaceful transfer of power more likely – but we'll have to wait and see what November brings.