US Elections: McConnell promises “orderly” transition of power
Republican leader Mitch McConnell has assured that there will be an “orderly” post-election transition after the president questioned the process’s integrity.
He said that there will be a peaceful inauguration on 20th January regardless of who wins the general elections.
Mr. McConnell tweeted on Thursday, “The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th.”
“There will be an orderly transition just as there have been every four years since 1792.”Other Republican lawmakers, including Senator Lindsey Graham, have made the same promise regarding the election.
“I can assure you it will be peaceful,” Mr. Graham told Fox News but suggested a decision could go to the nation’s top court. “If Republicans lose we will accept the result. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Joe Biden, I will accept that result.”
Senator Mitt Romney offered a more critical response on Wednesday, saying “any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable”.
The announcement comes after Mr. Trump refused to announce this. He said, “we’ll have to see what happens”.
“We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump told reporters when asked whether he would commit to transferring power.
The president has repeatedly cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election, asserting without evidence that mail-in voting would lead to fraud and a “rigged” outcome.
“The ballots are a disaster,” Trump said.
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