TRUMP is “flirting with treason” by not guaranteeing a smooth presidential transition if he loses the election, Senator Elizabeth Warren has said.
Warren made the comments during an interview with All In With Chris Hayes on Thursday night after Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transferral of power.
“When Donald Trump says that he is not necessarily going to accept the will of the voters, he’s flirting with treason,” Warren said.
“He’s saying, peaceful transition of power doesn’t matter to him. All that matters to him, once again, is Donald Trump and whatever Donald Trump wants.”
In a press conference on Wednesday, Trump was asked by a reporter if he would commit to a peaceful transferral of power.
“Well, we’re gonna have to see what happens,” he responded. “You know that I’ve been complaining about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster.”
“I understand that, but people are rioting,” the reporter pressed. “Do you commit to making sure that there’s a peaceful transferral of power?”
Trump replied: “We wanna have…get rid of the ballots and we’ll have a very peaceful…there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There’ll be a continuation.”
Trump has openly spoken about his desire for the Supreme Court to decide the election, saying that he is “counting on the federal court system” to call the election just hours after the polls close, despite rules across the country stipulating that ballots can be counted several days to weeks after the election.
“Now we’re counting on the federal court system to make it so that we can actually have an evening where we know who wins,” he said at a rally in North Carolina Saturday.
“Not where the votes are going to be counted a week later or two weeks later.”
Discussing Trump’s comments, Warren slammed the Republicans for enabling Trump.
“These Republicans senators, to enable him in that, to support him in that, and to start to talk about the November 3 election as if this isn’t about voters getting their choice, but it’s about Supreme Court justices getting their choice means that they are a party to it.”
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The senator added the only way to hold Trump, and Republicans, accountable is by voting.
“And when I say hold ‘em all accountable,” she explained, “I mean Donald Trump, I mean those Republican senators, I mean those Republicans up and down the ballot, and we need to not just beat ‘em by a little bit.
“The idea that they can go litigate when it’s close, I mean beat ‘em big.”