In a press conference, Trump again reiterated his stance of not accepting the result of the November 3rd US Presidential elections if he loses.
However, this is not the first time Trump made such an absurd statement. In 2016, he said that he might not accept elections result if Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, wins.
In a rally in Ohio in 2016, addressing a rally he said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I want to make a major announcement today. I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters, and to all the people of the United States, that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election.” A couple of seconds later, he added “If I win”.
Presently, America is one of the most adversely affected countries with the highest total cases in the world. American presidential elections, which takes place in every four years, are due november this year.
Conducting elections in such an environment would not be an easy call for the authorities. When an alternative of “Postal ballets” was suggested, Trump didn’t seem very pleased and called it a fraud.
Joe Biden, Democratic Party Presidential, reacting to the statement in Delaware called it “irrartional”. His team remarked that “the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”
Bernie Sanders who was also a contender for Democratic Party ticket said that “What I am going to talk about is something that, in my wildest dreams, I never thought would be discussing. And that is the need to make certain that the President of the United States, if he loses this election, will abide by the will of the voters and leave office peacefully.” Speaking in George Washington University, he added that “This is not just an election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden but an election between Trump and democracy.
If we leave aside Democratic Party members, Trump isn’t getting any support from even his party members. Mitt Romney, senator of Utah and Republican Party Presidential nominee in 2012 against Obama indirectly criticized Trump. On 24th September, he tweeted that “Any suggestion that a President might not respect this constitution is both unthinkable and unacceptable.” A thing to take note of is that he isn’t someone who criticize Trump that frequently.
“The idea a President wouldn’t leave office after losing is obviously alarming, but I don’t think many Republican Officials think that’s a serious threat.” Alex Conant, an American political consultant said.
Experts are of the opinion that there’s not much that Trump can do to not leave his office once he loses the elections. But, such statements surely undermine the post Trump is holding currently.