Trump faces firestorm for refusing to commit to peaceful transfer of power

The president also stoked claims that mail-in voting will be a scam as Republicans scramble to assure Americans they will respect the constitution after his peaceful transfer of power remarks.
2:40 | 09/25/20

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Transcript for Trump faces firestorm for refusing to commit to peaceful transfer of power
The race for the white house 39 days until the final votes and behind in the polls, president trump is facing a firestorm of criticism from Democrats and Republicans for refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election. All ahead of two big events that could shape the race, his pick for the supreme court coming tomorrow, and his first primetime debate coming Tuesday. Mary Bruce is tracking the latest. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, George it is just remarkable. The continues to refuse to commit to a transition of power. While Democrats are furious, they say the president is threatening the very foundation of American democracy. This morning, capitol hill is sending president trump a clear message unanimously passing a resolution committing to a peaceful transition of power, something the president still refuses to do. Trailing in several key battleground states and down by double digits in national polls, the president is casting doubt on a hallmark of American democracy, a free and fair election. Trump stoking unfounded fears about widespread mail-in voting fraud baselessly claiming it's, quote, a whole big scam. But the president's own FBI director says he sees no evidence of that. We have not seen historically any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election whether it's by mail or otherwise. Reporter: But trump insists if he loses in November it's because the system is rigged and he is refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power. Republicans are now scrambling to assure Americans they will respect the constitution, but are largely silent on trump's meritless claims on mail-in voting. People wonder about the peaceful transfer of power. I can assure you it will be peaceful. Reporter: Democrats apoplectic. You are not in North Korea. You are not in Turkey. You are in the United States of America. It is a democracy. Reporter: Joe Biden has been warning that trump might try to, quote, steal this election. His campaign says they won't let it happen without a fight. Assembling a massive election protection program prepared to challenge any threats to the voting system in court saying in a statement they'll, quote, combat any attempt by Donald Trump to create fear and confusion with our voting system or interfere in the democratic process. Biden and the president are now both preparing for their first faceoff at next week's debate. Biden gave us a glimpse into his strategy. He says he knows the president is going to try to make this personal saying, trump is going to want to, quote, get in the mosh pit, but Biden says his plan is to try and rise above that, focus on what he sees as trump's failures and his own strengths. Likely to be a massive audience Tuesday night.

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