- President Trump refused to commit to accepting the results of the 2020 election and ensuring a peaceful transition of power in an interview with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace aired Sunday.
- In the interview, Trump repeated his frequent false claim that mail-in ballots are inherently "rigged" and said that he is "not a good loser."
- "I have to see, look, I have to see, I'm not just going to say yes, I'm not going to say no, and I didn't last time either," Trump said when Wallace directly asked if he would accept the election results.
- "The American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House," a Biden campaign spokesman said in response.
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President Donald Trump refused to commit to accepting the results of the 2020 election and ensuring a peaceful transition of power in an interview with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.
In the interview, aired on Sunday, Trump undermined confidence in the result of the 2020 election by falsely claiming that mail-in ballots are "rigged," and opened the door to later contesting the results if he loses to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
"In general, not talking about November are you a good loser?", Wallace asked.
"I'm not a good loser, I don't like to lose, I don't lose too often" Trump replied
"But are you gracious?" Wallace pressed.
"You don't know until you see, I think it depends. I think mail-in voting is going to rig the election," Trump said. "I really do."
"But are you suggesting you might not accept the results of the election?" Wallace continued.
"I have to see," Trump said. Wallace then reminded Trump that he asked him a similar question as to whether he would concede the election if he lost in an October 19, 2016 presidential debate. At the time, Trump told Wallace he would "tell you at the time" and "keep you in suspense."
Wallace then asked: "Can you give a direct answer, you will accept the election?"
"I have to see, look, I have to see, I'm not just going to say yes, I'm not going to say no, and I didn't last time either," Trump replied.
"The American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House," Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told the Washington Post in response to Trump's comments.
The most recent polling of the 2020 election has shown Trump far behind Biden both nationally and in key swing states as voters continue to give Trump poor marks on his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, race relations, and a slew of other important issues.
As states have moved over the past few months to expanded absentee and mail-in voting, Trump — who voted by mail himself in Florida earlier this year – has attacked mail-in voting as inherently fraudulent and untrustworthy.
He has falsely claimed that an expansion of absentee and mail-in voting will lead to massive fraud and corruption (rates of absentee ballot fraud are very low), that expanding mail-in ballot hurts Republicans (studies show that it confers no partisan advantage to either side), and even raised a baseless conspiracy that children in California will go around stealing ballots out of mailboxes and forging them.
Both Trump and Attorney General William Barr have also raised a theory, for which there is no evidence to support, that foreign adversaries will try to interfere in the 2020 election by making and sending out "counterfeit ballots" to voters.
While cases of voter fraud using absentee and mail-in ballots do occur, they are extremely rare. According to the conservative Heritage Foundation's own database of voter- and election-fraud cases, there have been 1,100 criminal convictions for all voter fraud and fewer than 150 criminal convictions for fraudulent use of absentee ballots over the past 20 years.
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