President Trump has surely been one of the most outspoken and bombastic politicians that any of us have ever seen, but something he said on Wednesday may gone gone a bit too far.
The American people elected Trump because he promised them some reprieve from the status quo, proudly declaring that he would be going into Washington DC to “drain the swamp”. This was to be a new era of American democracy; one rife with populism and patriotic pride.
But yesterday, the President rattled the bars on his constitutional cage by suggesting that he could stay in office even if he lost the election.
Reporter: "Win, lose or draw in this election, will you commit here today for a peaceful transferal of power after the election?"
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 23, 2020
The comment immediately reverberated around the nation, with Democrats unsurprisingly incensed and some in the Republican Party growing nervous.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was quick to rebuke the President.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that there would be an “orderly” transition of power in 2021, after President Trump refused to commit to a peaceful hand off of power if he loses in November.
“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,” McConnell said in a tweet.
Trump’s margin of error in the upcoming election isn’t all that forgiving, and comments like these could scare away many of the fervent constitutionalists who inhabit the Republican Party.
McConnell wasn’t the only member of the GOP to push back.
Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said during an interview with Fox News that he believed a transition of power next year would be peaceful.
“I can assure it will be peaceful,” he said.
The President’s comment also had Twitter buzzing, with hashtags such as #TrumpCoupPlot and #DictatorTrump trending on Wednesday and Thursday.
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