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… https://t.co/hq3RG72q2Y— ABC News (@ABC News)1600968720.0
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 (@Elie Honig)1600970123.0
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 (@Shanlon Wu)1600970015.0
I cannot believe we've sunk so low that it is considered newsworthy & honorable to pay lip-service to "a peaceful t… https://t.co/wHqlIyYpPA— Jed Shugerman (@Jed Shugerman)1600969175.0
One of the more alarming statements — lies, gaslighting and damaging to American democratic institutions rolled int… https://t.co/UndJYuxKcm— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman)1600968769.0
💯This is what we're talking about right here https://t.co/lnIVXMUean— Jennifer Taub (@Jennifer Taub)1600966520.0
He’ll think it’s free and fair only if he wins. https://t.co/dO9rFHSlYj— George Conway (@George Conway)1600969525.0
In the debate next week, @JoeBiden should pledge unequivocally that he will recognize the result of a free and fa… https://t.co/O1FDhkZ7Ck— Michael McFaul (@Michael McFaul)1600963215.0