President Donald Trump on Thursday walked back, albeit slightly, remarks he made on Wednesday that he would refuse to relinquish power to Democrat Joe Biden if he loses the election.
“We’re going to have to see what happens, you know, but I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. The ballots are a disaster,” Trump said at a press briefing.
“Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation,” Trump said. “The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it better than anyone else? The Democrats know it better than anyone else.”
This morning, however, Trump slightly changed his tune in a call into Brian Kilmeade’s Fox News Radio show. Kilmeade asked Trump if he would step down if the Surpeme Court were to determine that Biden – likely after an ugly, bitter, weeks-long political war – is the legimate winner.
“Oh that I would agree with,” Trump told Kilmeade, although he immediately slid back into his lies about mail-in voting – a crux of his reelection strategy.
“I think we have a long way before we get there,” Trump said. “These ballots are a horror show.”
No evidence exists supporting this.
Trump blamed Democrats for sowing doubt about the validity of the election, but he has held the presidential pulpit, from which he has tireleslly tried to erode the public’s confidence in the legitimacy of the election.
“If I say, ‘Well I want the ballots to be fair,’ they make a big deal out of it,” Trump said. “It’s not right. It’s just the same old double standard.”
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