Mitch McConnell Says There Will Be Peaceful Transition Of Power

Mitch McConnell contradicted Donald Trump Thursday, saying that there will be a peaceful transition of power on inauguration day in 2021. The incumbent president had previously refused to commit to this, instead saying that ballots would be thrown out and there would be “a continuation” of power rather than a transition.

Mitch McConnell promises peaceful transition of power Jan 20
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As shown in the official White House transcript, Donald Trump said in a press briefing Wednesday evening that rather than a transition of power, there would be a “continuation.”

A reporter asked, during Trump’s press briefing, “Win, lose, or draw in this election, will you commit here, today, for a peaceful transferal of power after the election?…Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferal of power after the election?”

“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens. You know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots,” Trump began.

When pressed, he said, “We want to have — get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very trans- — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly; there’ll be a continuation.”

With political figures, Trump insiders, and experts already raising concerns that the president might refuse to leave office, or that his supporters might engage in violence to keep him in office, this only fueled speculation.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke out Thursday morning to contradict this and promise that there will be a peaceful transition.

He did not confirm that mail-in ballots would be counted, or that the election would be decided by the ballots, without legal challenges, however.

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