Senate majority leader McConnell assures of orderly transition of power on January 20, 2021
Utah Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority senate leader and a Republican, said that regardless of the November presidential election result, there will be an orderly and peaceful transition of power on January 20. The statement came a day after President Donald Trump said in a White House news briefing that he would not commit to a peaceful power transfer after elections. He had said “We’ll have to see what happens.” President Trump said that he doesn’t trust the mail-in ballots casting a doubt on authenticity of elections and ballot system.
President Trump currently is lagging behind his presidential challenger Democratic nominee Joe Biden with just 40 days left for the election day, November 3. It is anticipated that this year more than usual Americans will be casting their votes through postal election system due to pandemic.
In the history of United States of America elections every losing presidential candidate has conceded peacefully and graciously. If President Trump goes against the tide should he lose the elections, it would send the country into unprecedented unchartered territory. Something that would put America’s democracy at stake. Joe Biden had earlier suggested that if required military is completely capable to remove Mr. Trump from the White House.
“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,” Senator Mitch McConnell tweeted on Thursday.
Senator Mitt Romney had a critical response on Wednesday to President Trump’s statement. He tweeted, “Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”
Trump’s desperate efforts to replace Supreme Court justice position vacant after demise of Ruth Bader Ginsburg are raising questions and suspicions of president’s willingness of accepting election results. GOP is going against the precedent which it had set in 2016 of not appointing a Supreme Court justice when Obama was in office, citing it to be an election year. Now that it is firm on moving forward with the appointment is controversial. Trump has also said that his interest in appointing his nominee for the post is majorly to have favors on his side if November results go against him and Supreme Court has to step in.