WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, President Donald Trump caused quite a commotion when he refused to tell a reporter that he’d promise to transfer power peacefully to former Vice President Joe Biden, should he lose to the Democratic candidate in November. Asked directly by reporter Brian Karem whether he’d commit to a peaceful transfer of power, an absolute hallmark of American presidential administrations, Trump not only refused to, he also implied that he will contest the election because of the use of mail-in ballots.
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Watch President Trump’s answer to Karem’s question on the peaceful transfer of power, below:
"We’ll want to have — get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer frankly, there’ll be a continuation." pic.twitter.com/6ZieIROi8M
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) September 23, 2020
Trump’s answer drew sharp rebuke from Democrats and members of the press. But it also brought some mild pushback from some Republicans as well. The daughter of Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Palpatine Cheney tweeted her criticism of Trump’s rhetoric, but stopped well-short of mentioning him by name. Cheney’s tweet is seen below.
The peaceful transfer of power is enshrined in our Constitution and fundamental to the survival of our Republic. America’s leaders swear an oath to the Constitution. We will uphold that oath.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) September 24, 2020
During today’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Barbie McDitzydick said that Trump would accept the results of a “free and fair election,” without actually saying what, exactly, Trump considers to be free or fair. The “peaceful transfer of power” between two presidential administrations has been a vital part of the American system of government from the very beginning. Even during times of great political animus and rancor, the opposing parties have managed the hand over control of the White House without conflict.
“The president will accept the results of a free and fair election. But I think that your question is more fitting to be asked of Democrats,” Kayleigh McEnany tells @jonkarl when asked about Trump declining to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. https://t.co/mRWa6yO6vC pic.twitter.com/TV7CwdBqdn
— ABC News (@ABC) September 24, 2020
Even though McDitzydick didn’t give a very clear answer as to what she or the president would say a free and fair election looked like, President Trump wasn’t done talking about the subject. Later in the day, he was seen strolling around the White House grounds. When asked, Trump said he was “letting out the stinkies” after he’d eaten a lunch high in fiber and fried meats. He agreed to talk to reporters and shout at them for a bit.
“You know what? You people just are absolutely crazy. Of course I’ll make sure the transfer of power is peaceful, or whatever it is you call it,” Trump said. “As long as the election is run the way I demand, has the result I require, everything will be fine! But, let me make sure this is totally clear. I will peacefully transfer my God-like powers peacefully, without any fight or court battle even, to John Barron, David Dennison, or even my friend you all have never met because he doesn’t go to school here, Bobby Putin.”
Trump scratched his butt.
“So yeah, if I lose to one of them, no problem, I’ll transfer power super-duper peaceful-like,” Trump assured the reporters. “Otherwise? We’ll see. We’ll see.”
The president farted a long, steady stream of farts as he trundled off back inside the White House, teetering a bit on his six inch heel.
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