Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell, has joined other Republicans to reject US President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power following the November 3 election.
While reacting to Trump’s refusal, McConnell wrote in a tweet on Thursday September 24, 2020, that the winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th.
According to him, there will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans spoke out about Trump not committing to a peaceful transition.
“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,” McConnell wrote.
Several other legislators came out strongly in favour of the peaceful transition of power following the Republican president’s comments on Wednesday, although none criticised him directly.
“The peaceful transfer of power is enshrined in our Constitution and fundamental to the survival of our Republic.
“America’s leaders swear an oath to the Constitution. We will uphold that oath,” Representative Liz Cheney, who leads the House of Representatives Republican Conference, wrote on Twitter.
Senator Marco Rubio, a former Republican presidential candidate, asserted the upcoming election contest between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will be legitimate, fair and in line with more than two centuries of American practice.
“It may take longer than usual to know the outcome, but it will be a valid one,” Rubio wrote on Twitter.
On Wednesday, Trump, responding to a reporter’s question, refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose in November.
“We’re going to have to see what happens,” he told reporters, saying the outcome could end up at the country’s highest court.