President Trump refused to promise Thursday that he’ll accept the results of November’s election despite bipartisan outrage over his declining a day earlier to commit to a peaceful transition of power if Joe Biden wins.
Speaking on the South Lawn of the White House before a trip to North Carolina, Trump reiterated his debunked claim that the election results could be tainted because of mail-in voting and that he thereby might not be able to immediately accept them.
“We want to make sure the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be,” Trump said.
Trump’s defiance came after both Democrats and Republicans rebuked the president for refusing Wednesday to promise that he’ll peacefully hand over power to Biden if the Democrat wins on Nov. 3.
"The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th,” McConnell said in a tweet. “There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.”
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