When asked earlier today whether he would commit to a peaceful transferral of power after the election, win, lose or draw, President Trump responded:
“Well we’re going to have to see what happens. You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, the ballots are a disaster.”
When reminded that people were currently rioting, Trump continued to drive home the importance of eliminating the ballots:
“Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — There won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation.”
Trump’s reluctance to directly answer the question suggests that he has no intention of politely stepping down if he were to lose this coming election.
This adds yet another element of conflict to an already tense sociopolitical situation.
With riots poised to explode if Trump wins, and no guaranteed peaceful transfer if Trump loses, the American people seem to have conflict looming down every available path.