Republican Majority Leader in the US Senate Mitch McConnell on Thursday promised an “orderly transition” after the presidential election. Donald Trump had refused the day before to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if Joe Biden wins.
“The winner of the November 3 election will be invested on January 20,” tweeted Mitch McConnell, an ally of the Republican president.
“There will be a transition in good order as every four years since 1792”, date of the second presidential election of the United States with a four-year term, he insisted.
Donald Trump drew outraged reactions even in his camp by refusing, in response to a journalist’s question, to guarantee a passage without violence of power, whatever the result of the election which will oppose him to the Democrat Joe Biden.
“We’re going to have to see what’s going on,” Donald Trump said simply during a press conference at the White House. These ambiguous statements by Donald Trump are part of a tense context in the United States less than six weeks before the election.
Currently behind in the polls, the Republican President regularly complains about the conditions of the organization of the poll and affirms that postal voting is a source of potential fraud. This assertion has not been demonstrated, but voting by mail should be used much more this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Joe Biden immediately reacted to these remarks by the Republican billionaire who regularly plays with the idea of not recognizing the results of the election. He made the same threat in the 2016 poll he won against Hillary Clinton.
“What country do we live in? Just kidding. I mean, what country are we in? He says the most irrational things, I don’t know what to say,” the Democratic candidate said.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who regularly opposes the president, also rose up. “The peaceful transfer of power is fundamental for our democracy; without it it is Belarus. Any suggestion by a president that he can evade this constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable,” he said. asserted on Twitter.