White House Doubles Down on Trump's Vow to Stay in Power No Matter What - 2020-09-25
Earlier this week Donald Trump informed the nation that he has no plans to accept the results of the November election unless he should happen to win. "We're going to have to see what happens," Trump told a reporter who asked him if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power. "Get rid of the ballots and...there won't be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation." Given that we live in a democracy and not a dictatorship, and that in America, we count the ballots, this admission was extremely disturbing. Yet rather than assure the country that it has nothing to worry about re: Trump refusing to cede power should Joe Biden win the election, the president's supporters have argued that he's right to take his cues from an authoritarian regime.
Speaking with CBS This Morning on Friday, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said that the president "commits to a peaceful transfer" but only so long as there's "a fair election," which, of course, the administration has claimed won't happen due to baseless allegations of fraud. Referring to a Department of Justice investigation that (1) concerned a grand total of nine discarded ballots, and (2) the DOJ has not said involved any wrongdoing, Meadows said, "What we want to make sure is that every vote counts but that only the vote from one voter to the ballot box is what gets counted and nothing less, nothing more." As this is exactly what's happening and it is only the Trump administration that is claiming otherwise, the interviewer pressed Meadows on Trump's assertion that the November election "will be rigged," asking, "What evidence, if any, does [Trump] have?"
Claiming that there were "problematic" ballots during the primaries, Meadows then suggested, as his boss has, that it would be outrageous to count each and every vote cast—despite the fact that, moments prior, he said that is what the federal government is taking pains to ensure. "Should we allow votes to come in and be counted a week after November 3? I don't believe so," he said.