US President Trump speaks of election fraud – and does not want to promise to accept a possible election defeat. Now he is facing headwinds from his own party. And the FBI also contradicts him.
Less than six weeks before the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3, incumbent Donald Trump continues to express doubts about the possible outcome – but is now facing headwinds from his own party: Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell assured this would be the case. an orderly transfer of power to victory for the Democrats. “The Nov. 3 winner will be in office on Jan. 20. There will be an orderly transition, just as it has done 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
“We have to make sure the election is fair. But I don’t know if that’s possible,” Trump said Thursday in view of the ballots sent by post. Trump has claimed for weeks that election documents sent millions of times to US citizens have drastically increased the risk of electoral fraud. Experts and officials for elections deny this.
For example, according to FBI chief Christopher Wray, there has been no widespread electoral fraud. “We have not seen any form of coordinated attempted electoral fraud at the national level in the past,” whether in postal voting or otherwise, Wray said at 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.
Senate passes resolution
Trump had repeatedly told his supporters that he believed he could only lose the vote through election fraud. On Wednesday, he declined in advance to promise a peaceful transfer of power at the request of a reporter. “We’ll 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 will pave the way to question the outcome in the event of defeat.