Trump under fire for peaceful transfer of power comments

With less than six weeks until election day, the president refused to say outright that he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power and reiterated his claim that vote by mail leads to fraud.
2:55 | 09/24/20

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where president trump is under fire for going where no president has gone for, refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Cecilia Vega is following that. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: Never in the history of this country has there not been a peaceful transfer of power after an election, but now president trump is suggesting he might not accept the election results if he is not the winner. The stunning exchange from the white house podium came with less than six weeks to go until election day, and voting already under way in some states. Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferral of power after the election? We'll have to see what happens, you know that. Reporter: A first, a president of the United States refusing to say outright that he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power, not once, but twice. Do you commit that you would -- Get rid of the ballots and we'll have a peaceful -- we won't have a transfer. There will be a continuation. Reporter: After his unfounded claim that vote by mail leads to there is no evidence of that. This after earlier in the day he said he wants a speedy confirmation for his supreme court pick because he expects the high court to resolve the election outcome. I think this will end up in the supreme court. I think it's very important to have a ninth justice. Reporter: As he slips in the polls over his handling of the coronavirus, president trump upping his unfounded attacks on the election's integrity. The election is rigged. The Democrats are trying to rig this election. Reporter: Overnight, Joe Biden stunned. What country are we in? Look. He says the most irrational things. I -- I don't know what to say, but it does surprise me. Reporter: And Republican senator Mitt Romney tweeting, any suggestion that a president might not respect this constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable. And just a day before the president made this comment, his own attorney general, bill Barr, said what the country has going for it more than anything else is the peaceful transfer of power, and we should be doing everything to support that confidence. George, the aclu also weighing in this morning saying the president's remarks should trouble every American calling the peaceful transfer of power essential to a functioning democracy. The core message of the president's campaign right now is that mail-in voting is illegitimate, but all the evidence suggests over years and years that social security not susceptible to widespread fraud. Reporter: Exactly. Four states working on adding it for this election all because of the pandemic, and concerns over the health of people voting in person, but as you said, George, no evidence of widespread voter fraud related to this type of voting, but that is not stopping the president ramping up these attacks as we get closer and closer to election day.

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