Will Trump Peacefully Transition Power?
The peaceful transition of power from one president to another is one of the hallmarks of American democracy. Will Trump peacefully transition power?
But over the course of his presidency, Donald Trump has hinted that he might not peacefully or willingly transition power should he lose the 2020 election. In a recent Fox News interview with Chris Wallace, when asked if he would accept the results of the election, he again gave Americans reason for doubt.
Casting doubts on 2016 election results
Trump won the electoral vote in the 2016 election, but he didn’t win the popular vote. He alleged after the election that at least three million illegal votes were cast. He never provided evidence of this fraud.
This claim is widely believed to have been an effort to save face and explain away his loss to Hillary Clinton. And it begs an important question. If he cast doubts on the legitimacy of the election he won, how will he behave if he loses the next election?
Questioning absentee and mail-in voting’s legitimacy
In the midst of a deadly pandemic polling places pose a public health risk. States are scrambling to make absentee and mail-in voting possible to avoid viral spread.
Trump has already questioned the legitimacy of absentee and mail-in voting. And he has stated that he believes the 2020 election will be the most corrupt election in the country’s history. This assertion, months before the election takes place, is more cause to question whether he will accept the 2020 election results.
Preparing for a tumultuous political season
If Trump wins the 2020 election despite his mishandling of the pandemic and Black rights movement, liberals are sure to demonstrate. But if Trump loses, there’s reason to believe he may not leave the Oval Office without a fight. In an already chaotic year, the country should brace for a tumultuous fall and winter.