US President claims he will not leave quietly

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Donald Trump has declared that he will not be committing to a peaceful transfer of power, should the November elections be in the favor of Joe Biden. The Guardian has termed the Wednesday briefing to be akin to “stepping through the looking-glass into Blunderland.” The President apparently went from complaining about the ballots to insulting a member of the British Royal Family, and leaving abruptly in the midst of explaining the current situation on Covid-19, claiming that he had “an emergency call” to attend to.

A similar statement was made by Trump when he faced-off against Hilary Clinton in the 2016 elections. His comment on the riots taking place within the US was to say, “Get rid of the ballots, and you’ll have a very – you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation.” Julián Castro, who served as the youngest member of the former President’s cabinet, commenting on his attitude tweeting that this was “fascism, alive and well in the Republican Party.”

Members of the Democratic Party have given their own scathing remarks after Trump’s statements made its way straight towards the main headlines. Adam Bennet Schiff, who led the a team of the seven House members in the recent impeachment inquiry, in particular claimed that Trump was “A president so desperate to cling to power that he won’t commit to a peaceful transition of power. That he seeks to throw out millions of votes. And a Republican Party too craven to say a word. But we will fight back. America belongs to the people.”

The Republican Senator Mitt Romney produced a similar claim. He noted that Trump’s statement violated the very core foundation of democracy, and that it was simply “unacceptable.”

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