White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked about President Donald Trump’s reluctance to say that he would accept the results of the election if he loses.
“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said when asked about a peaceful transition of power. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”
“We want to have — get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly,” Trump added when pressed. “There’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control.”
McEnany tried to clean up the remarks in the press briefing Thursday, saying that he would accept the results of a “free and fair election.”
“The president will accept the results of a free and fair election. But I think that your question is more fitting to be asked of Democrats,” Kayleigh McEnany tells @jonkarl when asked about Trump declining to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. https://t.co/mRWa6yO6vC pic.twitter.com/TV7CwdBqdn
— ABC News (@ABC) September 24, 2020
The problem, however, according to legal scholars on Twitter, is that Trump is the one deciding what is “free and fair.”
McEnany went on to blame Democrats saying that they’re the ones refusing to accept election results.
See their comments in the tweets below:
The problem is Trump himself will unilaterally decide what’s “free and fair.” https://t.co/OwVC42A89E
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) September 24, 2020
Meaningless statement since Trump will be say he is the one who decides whether the election is "free and fair" … https://t.co/9vX3ygJXn8
— Shanlon Wu (@shanlonwu) September 24, 2020
I cannot believe we've sunk so low that it is considered newsworthy & honorable to pay lip-service to "a peaceful transition of power"…
…while steamrolling a nominee the president explicitly says is a necessary 5th vote for the decisive election cases in a few weeks. https://t.co/cMlD8JauOT
— Jed Shugerman (@jedshug) September 24, 2020
One of the more alarming statements — lies, gaslighting and damaging to American democratic institutions rolled into one.
Also shows the level of desperation in the White House and Trump campaign. https://t.co/zKEQy7872t
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 24, 2020
He’ll think it’s free and fair only if he wins. https://t.co/dO9rFHSlYj
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) September 24, 2020
Here's the rub guys – Trump isn't the person who is charged with determining whether elections are free and fair.
He's not the arbiter of that and don't think he won't try to pretend he is. https://t.co/xCU5kd72au
— Sam Vinograd (@sam_vinograd) September 24, 2020
In the debate next week, @JoeBiden should pledge unequivocally that he will recognize the result of a free and fair election and then challenge @realDonaldTrump
to do the same. Ten of millions of Americans deserve to hear Trump's answer.
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) September 24, 2020
Trump’s website hacked and defaced to stop the ‘fake-news’ spread by the president: report
President Donald Trump's website appeared to have been briefly hacked on Tuesday -- one week before the 2020 presidential campaign.
Visitors to the site briefly saw a fake DOJ takedown notice.
"This site was seized," the message read. "The world has had enough of the fake-news spreaded (sic) by President Donald J. Trump."
"It is time to allow the world to know the truth," the message continued.
The message also claimed "secret conversations" prove the Trump administration "is involved in the origin of the coronavirus."
There is no evidence that is the case, experts believe the virus originated in China.
3 ex-Trump Organization executives explain why the president is a disaster — and they’re voting for Biden
MSNBC's Ari Melber asked his guests Tuesday why, specifically, they thought Joe Biden might be better than Trump for America now right now.
"It comes down to one simple thing for me, Ari, and that's race. He's with a man that understands and appreciates diversity over this nation. I think Biden does and I know for a fact Trump doesn't. He will never appreciate the diversity that made this country great," Jack O'Donnell said.
Melania Trump turns her back on #BeBest campaign — and praises husband’s insane tweets at MAGA rally
First lady Melania Trump on Tuesday suggested her husband's unhinged and factually-challenged tweets were actually a good thing for America.
The comments came in stark contrast to the message of her #BeBest campaign against online bullying.
"For the first time in history, the citizens of this country get to hear directly and instantly from their president every single day through social media," she said at a campaign rally in Atglen, Pennsylvania while reading prepared remarks off a teleprompter.
The crowd applauded.
"I do not always agree what -- they way he says things, but it is important to him that he speaks directly to the people he serves," she said.