McConnell, GOP dispute Trump, say they’d accept if he loses
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some congressional Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are pushing back after President Donald Trump again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.
McConnell vowed an “orderly transition” as has been done since the nation’s founding.
The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 24, 2020
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, “If Republicans lose we will accept the result. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Joe Biden, I will accept that result.”
Several others came forward, including Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming. She tweeted that the “peaceful transfer of power is enshrined in our Constitution.”
The peaceful transfer of power is enshrined in our Constitution and fundamental to the survival of our Republic. America’s leaders swear an oath to the Constitution. We will uphold that oath.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) September 24, 2020
Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 24, 2020