WASHINGTON, Wash. — Firebrand Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders is sounding the alarm over Donald Trump’s refusal to promise a peaceful transfer of power next year.
In a speech in Washington, D.C., the one-time Democratic presidential hopeful calls that orderly transition the bedrock of American democracy.
Under Trump, he says, it is in danger like never before.
The sitting president on Wednesday refused to commit to leaving office should he lose the Nov. 3 election to challenger Joe Biden.
Trump also suggested, as he has been doing for months without evidence, that Democrats are trying to perpetrate election fraud by encouraging Americans to use mail-in ballots.
Sanders says Americans are not going to allow Trump to destroy the democratic ideals that so many of their fellow citizens have died for.
“We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said Wednesday in the White House briefing room when asked if he would permit an orderly transition if he loses the election.
“We want to get rid of the ballots,” he continued. “You’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation.”
The notion that a president can choose whether to stay or go is an affront to American values, Sanders said.