Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transition if he loses the November election

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“We will see what happens, I have complained a lot about the ballots, they are a disaster,” says the president of the United States, fueling the accusation of fraud, at a time of high tension

Donald Trump already glimpses the result of the November 3 presidential election on his way to the Supreme Court. The president of the United States has been sowing doubts for weeks about the reliability of the system and about voting by mail, which is expected to be massive due to the pandemic, and this Wednesday afternoon he went further, refusing to commit to a peaceful transition. In a press conference from the White House, the Republican was asked directly about it, on two occasions, by a journalist, and both times he responded evasively. “We’ll see what happens, you know I’ve complained a lot about the ballots by mail, it’s a complete disaster,” he said, fueling doubts.

The president pours gasoline in a United States turned into a social powder keg, in the midst of a serious health and economic crisis, and after a summer of racial protests and riots that have caused deaths in cities such as Portland (Oregon) or Kenosha (Wisconsin), among other. Tonight, in Louisville (Kentucky), two policemen were shot and wounded in the demonstrations after a decision by a Grand Jury to exonerate the three agents who entered the house of the African American Breonna Taylor one night with a search warrant and the shot down.

The journalist made reference to the social tension in the United States in his question to the president. “There are people stirring up riots, do you promise to make sure there is a peaceful transition of power?” And Trump replied. “We want to get rid of those ballots [las que señala, sin base, que son fraudulentas] and we will have a peaceful transition, well, there will be no transition, there will be a continuation, ”he said, considering himself the winner of the elections. “The ballots are out of control and the Democrats know it better than anyone,” he added.

Trump already questioned during the 2016 election campaign that he would accept the result if he lost, something that, against most forecasts, did not happen. Now he’s back to his old ways, but the circumstances are completely different. With the pandemic, most states have relaxed the requirements to vote by mail and up to 78% of the US electorate – a record – can do so. Many experts agree that, for this reason, it is likely that the winner will not be known that night, but when all those ballots put in the mailbox have been counted days later. That uncertainty is a minefield in the current climate of political and social polarization.

Also this Wednesday, in statements to the press during a meeting with attorneys general from several states, Trump pointed out that the elections could end up being contested before the Supreme Court, which is why it was urgent to relieve progressive judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last year. Friday. The highest judicial authority is made up of nine members and, if it remains at eight for months, it could lead to a tie and lockdown situation.

“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court and it is very important that we have nine judges,” he said. “It is better. [confirmar a una nueva magistrada] before the elections, because I believe that this fraud that the Democrats are preparing will end in front of the US Supreme Court, “he added. This Saturday she will announce her nominee to fill the vacancy of Bader Ginsburg, a replacement that will help her reinforce the conservative majority of the highest judicial authority, which, in effect, may end up as referee.

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