CNN’s John Berman on Thursday accused President Donald Trump of implicitly threatening the use of violence if he loses the 2020 presidential election.
While discussing Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the 2020 election, Berman said that this was the kind of thing he’d expect to hear from leaders in foreign countries without long traditions of upholding democracy.
“To be clear, the refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer in and of itself is an implicit threat of violence,” he said.
He then turned to guest Barton Gellman, a staff writer for The Atlantic who wrote an article about the Trump campaign’s plans to overrule the will of voters should the president lose in key battleground states.
“The whole premise of the president’s campaign is that Donald Trump will never concede defeat in the election, no matter what,” he said. “The most important parts to me of what the president just said yesterday was that there won’t be a transfer, frankly. He is not going to concede defeat under any circumstances and they have, therefore, built a campaign around the idea that he may not be able to win if all the votes are counted.”
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WATCH: Former Trump voters explain what sent them over the edge — and got them to back Biden
HuffPost reporter Daniel Marans talked with voters Tuesday outside the Luzerne County building in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, ahead of President Donald J. Trump's rally in the state. The line for early voting was about an hour long with most of the queue being held inside. Marans reported that, "People also have questions/requests. But you can drop off a pre-completed absentee ballot in the blue box."
Trump declared war on mail-in voting — he ended up shooting himself in the foot
Donald Trump's war on mail-in voting seems, like many of his schemes to steal the election, to be backfiring.
As much as he may publicly deny it, Trump knows he's unpopular and cannot win a free and fair election. So he has determined that the best way to hang onto power is to keep as many Americans from voting as possible. Since nearly the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump has been waging war against mail-in ballots, which many millions of Americans are using this year in order to avoid crowded and unsafe polling places.
WATCH: Lincoln Project targets Pennsylvania voters with devastating new ad as Trump visits the state
In a new ad released Tuesday for The Lincoln Project, the narrator says, "There's mourning in Pennsylvania. Today, hundreds of thousands of Americans have died from a deadly virus Donald Trump ignored. Praising China's response instead of heeding the warnings, then blaming them to cover his own failures."
The ad continues, "With the economy in shambles, people in Pennsylvania are still out of work. One of the worst economies in decades."
The ad was released on the same day President Donald J. Trump planned to visit the state.
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