US President Trump speaks of election fraud – and does not want to promise to accept a possible election defeat. Now he has headwinds from his own company. And the FBI contradicts him too.
Less than six weeks before the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3, incumbent Donald Trump continues to express doubts about their possible outcome. “We have to make sure the election is fair. But I don’t know if that’s possible,” Trump said Thursday, referring to the ballots sent by post. Trump has been claiming for weeks that election documents sent millions of times to US citizens drastically increase the risk of electoral fraud. Experts and officials for elections deny this.
For example, according to FBI chief Christopher Wray, there is no widespread election fraud. “We have not seen any form of coordinated attempted electoral fraud at the national level in the past, whether in postal or other ballots,” Wray said during a hearing in the US Senate on Thursday. His statements should in no way be construed as downplaying the FBI’s responsibility to investigate such incidents or the possible impact these things could have on a local level, Wray said. “From time to time we have seen electoral fraud at the local level.”
Wray called it “a great challenge for an opponent” to commit fraud on such a scale that it would affect the election results. Wray assured us that the FBI was vigilant about the election and closely monitoring the situation. The FBI warned in a statement Thursday of election-related crimes, citing the double vote, among other things.
Mighty Republican clarifies the situation
Meanwhile, Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell assured that if the Democrats win, there will be an orderly transfer of power. “The winner of Nov. 3 will take office on Jan. 20. There will be an orderly transition, just as there has been every four years since 1792,” McConnell wrote on Twitter.
The winner of the November 3 election will be inaugurated on January 20. There will be an orderly transition, as there has been every four years since 1792.
– Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 24, 2020
Trump had repeatedly told his supporters that he believed he could only lose the vote through electoral fraud. On Wednesday, he declined to promise in advance a peaceful transfer of power at the request of a reporter. “We have to see what happens,” he said instead. Trump had also predicted that the US election could end in the US Supreme Court. His comments sparked criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike. The Senate passed a resolution on Thursday in which it is committed to the peaceful transfer of power.
Due to the corona pandemic, significantly more voters are expected to vote by mail in the upcoming US presidential and congressional elections. With this in mind, US President Donald Trump repeatedly warns against fraud, but does not provide solid evidence. US Democrats fear Trump’s warnings pave the way to question the outcome in the event of defeat.