Asked why he seemed to be laying the groundwork for doubt in the election results, the President claimed: “I don’t want that to happen.”
“I want it to be clean and I … I really feel we’re going to win, but I want this to be clean,” the President said.
After giving several answers riddled with election disinformation, Trump gave his final thoughts on the matter: “Peaceful transfer … I absolutely want that, but ideally, I don’t want a transfer because I want to win.”
Trump previously would not commit to providing a peaceful transition of power after Election Day, lending further fuel to concerns he may not relinquish his office should he lose in November.
“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump had said in September when asked whether he’d commit to a peaceful transition, one of the cornerstones of American democracy.
Trump has previously refused to say whether he would accept the election results, echoing his sentiments from 2016. And he has joked — he says — about staying in office well past the constitutionally bound two terms.