U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

President Donald Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power Wednesday, but he later said he would accept a Supreme Court decision favoring Democratic nominee Joe Biden after his refusal was rebuked by Republicans. “We’re going to have to see what happens,” he told a reporter during a news conference at the White House. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster. Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation.”

Prominent Republicans reprimanded Trump through tweets and statements, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who tweeted, “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.” When asked if he took the president’s threat seriously, McConnell referred back to the tweet and said it “pretty well sums up how I feel about it.” House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), also said Thursday that transferring power “is enshrined in our Constitution and fundamental (to our) survival of our Republic.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) urged President Trump’s staff members “in good conscience” to resign. Biden asked reporters, “What country are we in?” after he was informed of Trump’s remarks: “I’m being facetious. I said, what country are we in? Look, he says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say.” 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

A list of the times Trump has said he won’t accept the election results or leave office if he loses – CNN – 9/24/2020
Again and again, Trump has refused to stamp out the prospect — establishing a pattern of delegitimizing an election that polls have shown him losing for months.

Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney respond to Trump’s peaceful transfer of power remarks – Fox News – 9/24/2020
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, called President Trump’s answer to a question about the peaceful transfer of power regarding the 2020 election “unthinkable and unacceptable,” while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell emphasized that “there will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.”

Trump is challenging a peaceful transition of power. We should take him at his word – NBC News – 9/24/2020
We’re back to the old 2016 question about Donald Trump: Just how seriously and literally should you take him? Our advice now — after witnessing his Muslim/travel ban, the wall and that vote-fraud commission (remember that?): Prepare for him to follow through.

Trump Says He’ll Concede If SCOTUS Rules For Biden After Election – Daily Caller – 9/24/2020
President Donald Trump will respect the result of the November Election if the Supreme Court rules in favor of Joe Biden, he told Fox News on Thursday. Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade asked Trump to clarify his Wednesday refusal to confirm he would allow a peaceful transfer of power. Kilmeade paraphrased comments from Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham suggesting he would accept the election if the Supreme Court rules that Biden won, going on to ask whether Trump agreed.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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