Romney rips Trump’s refusal to commit to peaceful transition should he lose election

Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney greets supporters after a delivering a speech at the University of Utah in March 2016 in which he referred to Donald Trump as a "phony" and a "fraud." Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 24, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney is denouncing Donald Trump’s refusal to ensure a peaceful transition of power should he lose the November election, especially in a races where mail-in ballots are a factor.

In a Wednesday night tweet from Washington, D.C. Romney wrote, “Fundamental to democracy is a peaceful transition power; without that there is Belarus.

“Any suggestion that a president might not respect his Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and acceptable.”

Romney made the statement just hours after Trump told reporters at a White House press conference the use of mail ballots would lead to a rigged-election.

“You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a a disaster. Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very … there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There’ll be continuation. The ballots are out of control.

“No. I have to see,” Trump said. “Look you — I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say ‘yes.’ I’m not going to say ‘no.’ And I didn’t last time either,”  said Trump, referring to his run in 2016.

Trump has made repeated, unsubstantiated assertions that mail-in voting is rigged and opens the door for widespread election fraud. He’s recently suggested the only way he’d could lose the election is if it were rigged.

Tuesday, Romney threw his support behind Trump and his plan to name and nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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