Leading Republican’s openly opposed President Trump’s comments on Thursday, saying they would accept the results if Trump loses the presidential election on November 3. Trump refused to answer the question at a news conference on Wednesday, saying we’ll have to “see what happens,” emphasizing his ongoing position that mail-in voting and ballots in general are “a disaster.”
Long-time Trump ally Senator Lindsay Graham, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, commented in an interview on Thursday, saying if the Republicans lose in November, he would accept the result and the Supreme Court’s decision if they “rule in favor of Joe Biden.” Senator Mitch McConnell also voiced his commitment to a lawful transition of power.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney, a leading House GOP representative and Wyoming attorney, further added, “the peaceful transfer of power is enshrined in our Constitution and fundamental to the survival of our Republic. American leaders swear an oath to the Constitution. We will uphold that oath.”
Despite Trump’s months-long criticisms of mail-in voting and accusations of voter fraud, many states are taking measures which allow for safe voting during the pandemic. Trump’s claims of mass voter fraud are widely viewed as baseless and states which have routinely sent mail-in ballots to voters have reported no compelling instances of fraud. Reportedly, President Trump himself votes by mail.
Several other leading Republicans, including Senator Mitt Romney who has openly defied Trump in other matters, came forward echoing the position that they too will abide by the decision to uphold the Constitution. Romney stated, “Any suggestion that a president would not respect our Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”
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