US President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the November 3 presidential election.
During a press conference at the White House, a reporter asked whether the president would make that commitment at that time, after citing the occurrence of riots and protests in several American cities.
“Well, we will have to see what happens,” said the American president.
“I have complained a lot about the ballots. Ballots are a disaster,” said Trump, referring to postal ballots. The president has stated on several occasions that voting by mail is fraudulent, without, however, presenting evidence.
“Throw those ballots away and you will have a very peaceful transition – there will be no transition, in fact, there will be a continuation,” Trump said. “Ballots are out of control. Democrats know this better than anyone,” he added.
Because of the new coronavirus pandemic, several voters have preferred to vote by post, which is allowed in the vast majority of American states – the modality must represent a significant portion of the votes in this election.
His opponent’s campaign, Joe Biden, responded to the president’s statements. “The American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting invaders out of the White House,” wrote the Democrat’s representatives, according to CNN.
In late July, in an interview with Fox News broadcaster, who normally provides favorable coverage for the president, Trump also declined to answer whether he would accept a defeat in the election.
Asked if he would recognize the result of the ballot box, he said: “I will not simply say yes or no, just like last time.”
During a debate organized by Fox between Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, in the last election cycle, Trump gave a similar answer.