“The winner of the November 3 election will be sworn in on January 20. There will be an orderly transition, as it has every four years since 1792. “
On Thursday morning, Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to Twitter to reassure Americans of the peaceful nature of the political transition that could occur in the United States in the event of a defeat of the current president in next november.
Several other elected Republicans have added their voices to this call for calm and respect for the country’s constitutional rules, in the hope of distancing themselves from the words of the American president who, on Wednesday evening, refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power in case of victory of his opponent Joe Biden.
“The peaceful transfer of power is enshrined in our Constitution and it is fundamental to the survival of our republic,” said Wyoming MP Liz Cheney, a senior Republican in the House of Representatives. American leaders take an oath to the Constitution. We will respect this oath. “
On Wednesday evening, Donald Trump caused another stir by refusing before reporters to commit to respecting the result of the vote in case of defeat. “We’re going to have to see what’s going on,” he said from the White House. The president, who is lagging behind in several polls against his Democratic opponent, has also continued his campaign to denigrate the vote by mail which he suspects of being a source of fraud in favor of the Democrats. However, no study or expert supports this accusation. “Let’s get rid of these ballots and it will be very peaceful, there will be no transfer really, it will be a continuation,” he said.
The US president added more on Thursday afternoon before flying to North Carolina, telling reporters, “We want to make sure the elections are fair. But I’m not sure it can be, with all this unsolicited ballot situation. “
In 2016, the former reality TV star used the same tactic against Hillary Clinton, casting doubt on whether she would accept the results of the vote, should she lose.
“What country do we live in? I’m hardly kidding. I mean, what country are we in? He says the most irrational things, I don’t know what to say, ”summed up Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Thursday morning, Donald Trump was severely booed in front of the United States Supreme Court, where he came to pay tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with his wife Melania. “Destroy him!” », Proclaimed the crowd, according to the NBC network present on the spot.
The official tribute to the feminist and progressive icon of the country’s highest court, who died last Friday at the age of 87, has been troubled for several days by the eagerness with which Republicans want to find a replacement for her before the ballot next November. They thus seek to take advantage of their political advantage in the Senate and the White House to strengthen conservatism within the judiciary.
This isn’t the first time the president has been booed on the streets of the US capital, with the District of Columbia being a deeply Democratic political ground. In 2016, Hillary Clinton received 91% of the vote there, against 4% for Donald Trump.
This is not just an election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy. And democracy must win.
US House of Representatives Speaker NancyPelosi said she was “somewhat surprised” on Thursday by the president’s statements on voting and the peaceful transition, but rejected the idea of a formal reprimand. “I don’t think it’s worth it at this point,” she said at a press briefing, recalling that “the antidote to these evils” was still “the vote”. “We want a peaceful transfer of power,” she added. It’s very sad to even have to ask this question. “
The deposed Democratic nomination contestant, Bernie Sanders, on Thursday proposed the creation of an independent electoral commission, during a speech in Washington, the first given in person since his withdrawal from the electoral race last spring . “It’s not just an election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” he said. This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy. And democracy must win. “
With Agence France Presse