Conservative political commentator Lou Dobbs has claimed there is “no point considering” whether Donald Trump could lose November’s election, as he shared an excerpt from his own book with viewers.
Speaking on Wednesday night, the Fox Business anchor said his show’s “quote of the day” had come from his book on the US president, The Trump Century.
“The Lou Dobbs Tonight quote of the day comes from my new book,” said Mr Dobbs, whose show aired as president Trump suggested “there won’t be a transfer” of power following November’s vote.
“If president Trump can win again, he would join Winston Churchill and Alexander the Great among the greatest leaders of world history,” the host said, quoting his own book.
“And if he falls short, well, there is no point in considering the possibility. He’s a winner — the winner,” Mr Dobbs added.
The president claimed on Wednesday that there would not be a power transfer, but “a continuation”, as he was questioned about a possible election loss.
“We're going to have to see what happens”, the president told White House reporters.“There won’t be a transfer, there’ll be a continuation.”
Mr Trump added that mail-in “ballots are out of control”, as he suggested — without basis — that some would be “got rid” of as votes are counted on election night.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden condemned that statement, saying “What country are we in?”
Meanwhile, Republican senator Mitt Romney said the president’s comments reminded him of Belarus — Europe’s last so-called dictatorship.
“Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus,“ said Mr Romney on Twitter.
The US president tweeted last month that Mr Dobbs had written “a great new book” on him, saying: “Strongly recommended...A special guy!”