Kellyanne Conway, one of Donald Trump’s most ardent and vocal public supporters, now says that he should follow through with a peaceful transition to the Joe Biden administration.
Speaking to a reporter for The 19th, Conway engaged in a little denialism still — saying that “it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail,” rather than recognizing that the election is over and Biden won, and suggesting that Trump truly is working towards a peaceful transition by crediting him for releasing the transition funds to which the incoming administration is entitled, when in truth he’s still fighting to overturn the results.
However, she also said, “We want the engines of government to keep going, and you always need a peaceful transfer of democracy, no matter whose administration goes into whose administration.” A call for peaceful transition should be the normal, expected response from any administration, rather than being unusual and newsworthy, but let’s recall that we’ve seen the exact opposite in this election.
Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for instance, made a mockery of the question by declaring that in January, there will be a smooth transition of sorts — to a second Trump term. Trump himself was questioned repeatedly before the election about his willingness to accept the outcome, and his answers varied, but largely centered around a suggestion that he would only accept the results if he won. Since the election, he has continued to refuse to accept the results, sowing misinformation and distrust rather than supporting a move forward.
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