Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says that it was “appalling and outrageous” for President Trump to suggest he wouldn’t peacefully leave office if he loses the election.
But is that what President Trump said?
"It is appalling and outrageous that anyone would suggest for a minute that if they lose an election they're not going to leave -- period," he added. "I know that I speak, I am sure, for the vast majority of elected officials in the United States of America when I say that."
“A huge part of this nation’s glory, to the extent it exists as a beacon to others, is the peaceful transfer of power based on the vote of the people of this country,” Baker, a fellow Republican, told reporters Thursday. “Mail-in ballot balloting has been with us forever.”
However, President Trump was asked on Wednesday if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election, Trump said, "Well, we're going to have to see what happens. You know that I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster."
Trump added, "We'll want to have — get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very — we'll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer, frankly. There'll be a continuation."
Moreover, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said President Trump will accept the results of a “free and fair election.”
“The president will accept the results of a free and fair election,” McEnany replied. When asked if he would accept the results if he loses, she said: “He will accept the results of a free and fair election.”
"I think that your question is more fitting to be asked of Democrats who have already been on the record saying they won't accept the results of an election," the press secretary continued.