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President Trump again refuses to commit to peaceful transition if he loses
"Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have unanimously passed a resolution. Committing to a peaceful transition of power. Should President Trump lose the election and refused to leave President Trump has not made the commitment to a peaceful transition. Trailing in several key battleground states and down by double digits in national polls, the president is casting doubt on a hallmark of American democracy. A free and fair election trump stoking unfounded fears about widespread mail in voting fraud. Tastelessly, claiming it's quote a whole big scam. But the president's own FBI director says he sees no evidence of that We have not seen historically. Any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election. Whether it's by mail or otherwise. But Trump insists if he loses in November, it's because the system is rigged, and he is refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power. Republicans are now scrambling to assure Americans they will respect the constitution but are largely silent on trumps merit list claims about mail in voting. People wonder about the peaceful transfer of power. I can assure you it will be peaceful. Democrats apoplectic You are not in North Korea. You are not in Turkey. You were in the United States of America. It is a democracy. Joe Biden has been warning that Trump might try to quote steal this election. His campaign says they won't let it happen without a fight, assembling a massive election protection program prepared to challenge any threats to the voting system in court, saying in a statement, they'll quote combat any attempt by Donald Trump to create fear and confusion with our voting system or interference. The Democratic process bite and the president are now both preparing for their first face off in next week's debate by didn't give us a little glimpse into his strategy. He says he knows the president is going to try to make this personal, saying Trump is going to want to quote get in the mosh pit that Biden says his plan is to try and rise above that focus on what he sees as Trump's failures and his own strength. That's a bee sees Mary Bruce.
White House chief of staff contradicts FBI director on voter fraud
"And from CBS this morning, White House chief of Staff Mark Meadows on FBI Director Christopher Wray, saying he has seen no evidence of widespread voter fraud. With all due respect, Director Ray he has a hard time finding emails it in his own FBI let alone of figuring out whether there's any kind of voter fraud.
President Trump again refuses to commit to peaceful transition if he loses
"Unanimously passed an extraordinary resolution yesterday. yesterday. It's It's a a direct direct response response to to the the president's president's refusal refusal to to rip rip To To promise promise a a peaceful peaceful transition transition of of power. power. If If he he loses loses the the election, election, the the resolution resolution reads. reads. There There should should be be no disruptions by the president or any person in power to overturn the will of the people of the United States. Meantime, President Trump is making other news planning to announce his third Supreme Court nominee tomorrow. We talked all about it with Bob Cusack, editor in chief of the Hill, who started with the response to President Trump's comments. Lawmakers on both sides how were troubled by the president's remarks, which had been Really consistent over the last several months that he's gonna have to wait and see to see what the election brings. So this was a real push back, especially from Republicans and also on important sign that if Republicans who really generally speaking have not pushed back at the president that much if they think he has lost the election, you're going to see leading Republicans saying He's lost the election, and he needs to need to leave in a peaceful way. That's an important sign from Republicans who have again shied away from criticizing their president. But Bob is this resolution. The forceful enough is it is close A CZ. Many Republicans are going to get Tau openly contradicting or criticizing the president. I think so, At least for now. We're gonna have to see what the election day slash week will bring and how close it is and certainly, But But the mood on Capitol Hill is that Republicans and Democrats, we had so much unrest in this country with the pandemic and and racial unrest. They want the election to go smoothly as possible. And of course, it's not going to go that smoothly because some states are going to be counting for for several days because so many people are failing in their balance, now
Outrage after Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power
"President Donald Trump has long stirred controversy over the upcoming election, for example, predicting it will be fraudulent and suggesting it be delayed. The controversy rose to a new height Wednesday after Trump said about a peaceful transfer of power. Get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very peaceful there won't be a transfer. Frankly, there will be a continuation. Democrats responded with outrage. I mean, he says, that people swallow Clorox and we hear about it for the rest of our lives, but he's trying to have the Constitution of the United States. Swallow. Clorox. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi answer the reporter's question on the subject at her Capitol Hill news conference Thursday, but that a president of the United States would place in doubt. The idea of the peaceful transfer of power is well. It's no surprise again because the president has been contemptible of science and governance. And so you see, 200,000 people have died, but I am I had confidence in the American people. And I have confidence that that He won't get away with saying, for example, I want with the popular vote on the ground. The vote in the mail doesn't count in the rest of that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was at a loss for words Wednesday night as he spoke to reporters to a face mask. I'm being facetious that said. What country are we way? Says the most irrational things I don't know what to say. But it's not surprising. Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, himself a former Democratic presidential candidate. Devoted a whole news conference toothy issue in Washington, D C. We must ensure in this unprecedented moment in American history. That this is an election that is free and fair. An election in which voters are not intimidated. An election in which all votes are counted and that election In which the loser accept the results. This is not just an election. Between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. This is an election between Donald Trump and Democracy. And democracy must win. Republicans have also spoken out, though in a much gentler tone, Republican senator met Romney of Utah tweeted fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power. Without that there is Belarus. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell has said there will be an orderly transition, just as there has been every four years since 17 92. Those Republicans did not comment on how they see a peaceful transition coming about. Other Republicans have also responded to Trump's statement, no questions. No qualms. No concerns is going to be peaceful. This nation is designed that way This nation will have it that way, And that's exactly what will take place. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy downplayed the issue and his weekly news proofing, saying he wants to put it all to rest.
White House chief of staff contradicts FBI director on voter fraud
"Mark Meadows is criticizing FBI director Christopher Wray over his testimony to Congress that he has not seen evidence of widespread voter fraud in a major election, with all due Specter, Director Ray he has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI let alone of figuring out whether there's any kind of voter fraud. This is a very different case. The rules are being changed, and so what? What I'm suggesting is perhaps he could drill down on the investigation that just started Meadow, speaking on CBS this morning, pointing to North Carolina and other places where he says duplicate ballots are being sent out. Rays testimony when against President Trump's message that an expansion Of mail in voting would invite widespread fraud in the election Experts say there is no evidence of meaningful voter fraud in mail in voting for two days in a row. The president has also refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose in November, Meadow says the president will commit as long as the election is fair.
Trump declines to commit to peaceful transfer of power
"Top Republicans say they are fully committed to a peaceful transfer of power in the event of a November defeat this week refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. If he loses reelection, and Republican leaders tried to tamp down concerns. There will be a very peaceful transition. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted that the winner of the election will be inaugurated on January 20th. He insisted there will be an orderly transition. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump a rogue president who admires tyrants. You're not in Russia. Mr President, you were in the United States of America. It is a democracy.
Trump declines to commit to peaceful transfer of power
"President Trump is trying to defuse a controversy stemming from a Wednesday White House news conference question where you would, whether or not he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he's not reelected to a second term. If you remember Hillary Clinton just a week ago or so told Joe Biden do not accept the results of the election under any circumstances, But you don't ask her that question. You only asked me the question Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Kayleigh Mcenany I told reporters that Mr Trump would accept the results of a free and fair election, she said. The question was to which Mr Trump was responding was prefaced with quote, win, lose or draw. Unquote.
Trump widens Latino vote push in Miami
"To the finish on Lisa Brady. Fox News Less than 40 Days to Election Day President Trump Holding three events in three states today, beginning with a round table event in Florida, reaching out to Latinos and accusing Joe Biden of betraying Hispanic voters during his long political career, sold out the Hispanic American community, sending your jobs to China, making your communities less safe. Attacking your religious values and trapping countless Children and failing government schools. He doesn't like charter schools. He doesn't like choice. Dozens of Latino faith leaders endorsed Biden this week, but the president has been gaining Hispanic support in some recent polls. The Democratic
How should the media cover the presidential race in the Trump era?
"Rid of the ballots. Locker up has now morphed into get rid of the ballots. And that's become an effect. The trump campaign slogan and the trump campaign strategy. It became the strategy yesterday when Donald Trump said that. And get rid of the ballots are the first words of a New York Daily News op Ed piece today with the headline. The president is psychopath the new. York daily. News is one hundred and one years old, which makes it New York City's youngest circulating daily newspaper. And it carries a headline in twenty twenty. That was unthinkable. When the daily news was founded in one thousand, nine hundred nineteen. President is a psychopath. The article is written by two psychologists and it says get rid of the ballots and there won't be a transfers said Donald Trump on Wednesday. This comment is a direct dangerous expression of his anti-democratic intention. If unstopped trump may well destroy our two, hundred, forty, four year, old democracy, it is time to stop pulling punches. It is time to stop relying on political pundits to weigh in on trump's behavior, which they often softened and even normalized. We are psychologists and we are convinced Donald trump is a psychopath his malignant behavior over the past four years is growing escalating right before our eyes trump's psychopathy will change us forever if he is not stopped. And today the New York. Times. Published up ed piece by the newspapers distinguished columnist Michelle Goldberg which says the President Quote Daily defiles his office with. Corruption disloyalty and Sater's. The president of the United. States is aspiring fascist who would burn democracy to the ground to solve his diseased he go. Michelle Goldberg. In New York Times print. Refers to. The rotten and squalid party that is enabling him. These are all words that could not in did not appear in the New York Times about American presidents and now fit. Well within the bounds, the contours of mainstream comment about this president. The New York Times. Is One hundred, sixty, nine years old. And it's had to find new language to deal with Donald. Trump because donald trump has brought new language to the presidency like get rid of the ballots. The. New York Post. Is Two hundred nineteen years old the oldest New York City newspaper was founded by Alexander Hamilton but it is now owned and operated by an Australian born billionaire who liked donald trump got his start in life from his rich father. And history will show Rupert Murdoch's most significant contribution. To his adopted country. Has Been. The perversion. Of Television news into a presidential propaganda channeled named after the animal in the forest that legend has it is the most cunning and to put it mildly untrustworthy. Fox.
How to deal with foreign interference in US elections
"What should be done about foreign interference in our elections? Christina Well, certainly Donald Trump's administration in every single intelligence agency that reports up to him has revealed that since 2016 We have had interference in our elections from Russia from China from other foreign actors, and we've probably never been still vulnerable. Technology is also a driver for this, whether it's leveraging social media platforms with misinformation or even hacking into our election systems. I believe the federal government in Congress needs to make sure that secretaries of state at the state level Have the resources they need to protect the integrity of our election system. This is the United States of America, and this is really striking at the heart of our democracy.
Republicans distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power
"Are distancing themselves from President Trump's notion he may not commit to a peaceful transfer of power. More from NPR's Claudio Gonzalez, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says. If the election goes Joe Biden's way it will be a peaceful transition. We will have a peaceful transfer of power. However, the election here. Other Republicans agreed, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the chambers number two Republican John Thune of South Dakota. Senator Susan Collins, a moderate who is facing a tough re election fight in Maine, says she wasn't clear what Trump meant. But she dismissed the possibility that he could reject the election's results. It's fundamental House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy also expressed confidence there will be a peaceful transfer if Biden wins Claudia decide this NPR News, the
Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio in latest Fox News poll
"The latest Fox news poll gives Democrats the edge and three key battleground states. Joe Biden in Leeds President Trump in Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania in Nevada, by that leads by nine points in Ohio by five points and in Pennsylvania by seven in each state voters say they trust him to do a better job on the virus. By double digits, and I'm picking a Supreme Court justice by anywhere from 6 to 10 points. Biden is also more trusted on policing and criminal justice. But voters in each of these states trust President Trump to do a better job on the economy by anywhere from 3 to 5 points. In each state. Biden is more supported by non white voters, women and white people with a college degree.
Trump declines to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses
"Trump declining to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses in November 3rd presidential election. President told reporters yesterday. He would quote have to see what happens when asked about the matter trumps Democratic challenger Joe Biden responded by asking. Quote. What country are we in Europe also declined four years ago to connect honoring the election results of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Won the election
Republicans are distancing themselves from Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power
"Are dismissing President Trump's statement that he may not accept the results of the November election if he loses. Mike Dan from member station GBH reports. The Republican governor of Massachusetts did not mince words when addressing the president's remarks. Governor Charlie Baker has long distanced himself from the president. But he bristled when responding to a question about the president's statement. That quote we're goingto have to see if there will be a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the November election. Baker did not hold back. It is appalling and outrageous that anyone would suggest for a minute that if they lose an election, they're not going to leave. Baker called the peaceful transfer of power based on the vote of the people of fundamental aspect of America's strength. Trump spokesperson now says the president would accept quote a free and fair election. For NPR
DeJoy: Trump 'incorrect' that USPS isn't equipped to handle mail-in voting
"Breaking. Now President Trump has been blasting mail in ballots and refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. But tonight the postmaster general is saying the Postal Service can handle the surgeon ballots cast in the presidential election as President. Trump continues to attack mail in voting. His postmaster General Lewis to Joy told the Economic club Thursday that the president is wrong in saying the Post office can't handle an influx of balance when the president goes into that the Postal Service Doesn't is not equipped to do it, which he's incorrect with that that we're we're equipped equipped to to do do it it and and we're we're gonna gonna move. move. We're We're gonna gonna deliver deliver ballots ballots to to joy joy still still recommended recommended people people turn turn in in their their mail mail in in ballots ballots as as early early as as possible. possible. He He also also downplayed downplayed recent recent court court orders orders blocking blocking changes at the post office under his tenure
Trump won't commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses
"Close to two million voters have requested a ballot. When asked about the upcoming election yesterday, President Trump would not say outright that he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power. ABC senior White House correspondent Cecilia Vega says Trump is citing concerns about mail in voting. There are five states where this universal mail in voting that the president is opposed to his already been in place for state's working on adding it for this election, all because of the pandemic and concerns over health, the health of people voting in person, no evidence of widespread voter fraud related to this type of voting, but that is not stopping the president ramping up these attacks as we get closer and closer to Election Day.
Nearly 500 ex-military, national security officials endorse Biden
"Retired senior military officers and former Cabinet secretaries have signed an open letter in support of Democrat Joe Biden for President. Washington Post notes that the letter follows a statement for more than 60. Former national security officials who served in Republican administrations, including Donald Trump's Don't call the president Quote unfit to serve as president acclaim
Sanders says Trump is ready to undermine democracy to stay in power
"Bernie Sanders of Vermont. One of the president's loudest critics says the president is not following the Constitution. We have a president who has little respect. For our Constitution. For the rule of law. Today that peaceful transition of power the bedrock of American democracy is being threatened. Like never before White House press secretary Kayleigh Mcenany, the president will set the results of a free and fair election. He will accept the will of the American people. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeting, the winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January. 20th
Bernie Sanders says Trump threatens to undermine American democracy
"The president won't contest the outcome of the November election, even if it doesn't go his way, did it after the president refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, saying, We'll have to see what happens. His spokesperson pledges Mr Trump will quote accept the will of the American people. Kayleigh Mcenany suggests it's Democrats who won't You have that beautiful quote from Hillary Quint Clinton that Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstance, So I think you're fitting is more question more fitting fitting question for Democrats. Clinton's quote from last month has her, saying Biden should not concede because she believes the election will drag out. Stephen Portnoy. CBS NEWS One Time contender, Bernie Sanders is calling for an independent commission to oversee the process. This is not just an election. Between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. This is an election between Donald Trump and Democracy. And democracy must win. The president
Senators Joe Manchin, Kevin Cramer respond to Trump's comments on transfer of power
"Voting, whether in person and expanded absentee ballots. President Trump continues to make claims that there will be widespread fraud and would not commit when asked by reporters yesterday if he would ensure a peaceful transfer of power if he loses today, reaction from lawmakers, Republican Senator Kevin Kramer, asked about Trump's comments suggested the real concern is about peace of the pole. There will be an orderly transition. I don't think there's any question Both Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who has at times voted with Republicans on certain measures, criticized the president's remarks and attempts to sow doubt in the process. Here's a person that basically wants total Authoritarians. He wants autocracy. It's not who we are a steady stream of
Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power
"Peaceful transfer of power is something Attorney General Bill Bar spoke about this week, just one day before President Trump refused to say if he'll commit to a peaceful transfer of power, Attorney General William Barr said this But this country has going for it more than anything else is the peaceful transfer. Power bar has been critical of wine spread voting by mail, which the president claims leads to widespread fraud. There's no evidence yet of that more from the attorney general on the peaceful transfer of power. And that is accomplished through collections that people have confidence in and so we should be doing everything to support that confidence. Karen Travers. ABC NEWS Washington Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign reassured a statement They put
Trump won't commit to post-election peaceful transfer of power if he loses
"Is fierce after President Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the November election, CBS's Stephen Portnoy reports, The president's statement has sparked outrage among Democrats and implicit criticism from establishment Republicans. Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney tweets that the peaceful transfer of power is fundamental to the survival of our republic, Utah Senator Mitt Romney says without it quote there is Belarus, where Russian backed President Alexander Lukashenko was just secretly sworn into 1/6 term. After an election the global community is called Illegitimate Cove in
Nine military ballots cast for Trump found discarded in Pennsylvania
"Colleagues? This is not a partisan issue. Democracy is at stake. And every constituent from every corner of the land. Regardless of party or ideology should be asking their Republican senators to speak out. And demand that Donald Trump Not be allowed to do. He says he's going to do and say they will join all of America and standing in the way. If he tries But then the president on a radio show not too long after you use that was this morning and saying he doesn't trust the ballots because he's already starting to see some shady business going on. They found six ballots at an office yesterday in the garbage Can. They were Trump balance eight ballots in an office yesterday, a certain state and, uh, they were that Trump written on it, and they was running in a garbage can and this is what's gonna happen. This is what's gonna happen and we're investigating head. It's a terrible thing that's going on with these ballots. Who is sending them where they're sending them where they're going? What areas that they go into What areas? Are they not going? Uh, you know when they get there who's going to take care of them? And so when we find eight ballots that's emblematic of thousands of locations, perhaps, but it is just concerned about constitutional people get concerned about a constitutional crisis if you would remember crooked Hillary Clinton a week ago. She said to Joe Biden don't concede under any circumstances do not concede under any never concede. Okay, now, you know, nobody does a story about that dread. But she said that last week you covered it right and that the words were don't concede under any circumstances. Well, it's okay for her to say that. What if I say Well, I want the balance to be fair, but, uh, they make a big deal out of it. Did you notice that in his talk about the ballots in the garbage? They they went from 6 to 8, even in a very few seconds of him talking Well, it's actually according to the FBI. It's nine on the nine FBI announced the investigation into least nine discarded military mail in ballots in Pennsylvania. Thes and part of the problem with the mail in ballots in Pennsylvania is they think they're doing what's called a naked ballad, which means that there they don't have the second envelope like we have any organ and you have the secrecy envelop so you can't see any of the results inside. Apparently Pennsylvania only has the one envelope and so the thinking is that if somebody gets ahold of some bacon, press down on the envelope and see what's underneath and go, that's a trump vote. Get that out of here. S so that's that's the worry there in Pennsylvania, apparently, well, you know, for a president states to say nobody knows where the ballots are going or who's receiving them or how they're being him. Why wouldn't the president? No state by state? The elections officers the secretary of state's in those states, controlling all of that, and making sure right is right. But yet it's the same people who know whether or not you're the right person to show up at the polls, eggs and vote. It's the same people are doing it the same people sending those out it zip. It works here in Oregon and Washington and has for years Gates Eso. But here is Chris Ray, the FBI director, saying, We've got no information on election fraud. We have not seen historically. Uh, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election. Whether it's by mail or otherwise. So hee I mean, even if these nine ballots were tossed out, and it's confirmed that they were it, it's probably not Cem. Dark, you know, group anti forever running around and stealing balance. It may have been one person who either messed up. Or maybe they were just a trump hater and that one person threw away the the nine ballots, he was able to get his hands on. But there's not some big coordinated thing I think is what Chris Ray was. Maybe nine people change their mind and toss their balance. That's probably less like just saying Here is
Nearly 500 ex-military, national security officials endorse Biden
"Retired senior military officers as well as former Cabinet secretaries and service chiefs have signed an open letter in support of Joe Biden for president. A letter in The Washington Post is the latest in the Siri's of calls for President Trump's defeat in the November election last month more than 60 former national security officials who served in Republican administrations, including President Trump's, signed a statement calling him unfit to serve as president.
Wall Street closes lower on fears of a slowing economy
"Street Bank worry the economy is going to slow down if unemployed Americans don't get more help. Goldman Sachs isn't as optimistic about the economic recovery in the fourth quarter with the New York Bank. Eating its GDP forecast and half for the final quarter, now expecting growth of around 3% on the belief that Washington isn't going to pass new relief for the unemployed until next year. Goldman Sachs says in a client note that it had expected that Congress would pass the $1 trillion stimulus package that would include partial extension of the extra unemployment benefit and additional PPP loans. But with Democrats and Republicans far apart heading into the election, further stimulus is not expected till 2021 that is CBS's Jason Brooks. On