U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said last Thursday during an interview with the Washington Examiner that the Trump administration would work vigorously to safeguard the integrity of the elections scheduled for November.
While traveling from Wisconsin to Minnesota, Pence said he and the president would accept the outcome of a “free and fair election,” although he warned of the possibility of fraud that constitutes the form of mail voting widely promoted by the Democrats.
“The American people can be confident we will accept the outcome of a free and fair election. That’s why we are working so hard to protect the integrity of the vote,” Pence said.
“You have states around the country that are enacting universal mail-in ballots … In the state of Wisconsin, we literally had a court that ruled that ballots could be accepted up to six days after the election. To protect the one-person, one-vote principle, we are going to be very, very aggressive—to preserve a free and fair election,” added the U.S. vice president.
A day earlier, a journalist pressured President Trump by asking if he would be willing to accept a peaceful transfer of power if he did not win the election.
To which the President responded, “We’re going to have to see what happens,” referring to concerns about absentee voting, this being used by Democrats as well as the mainstream media to accuse him of endangering democracy, further politicizing the possible nomination of a Supreme Court justice.
According to Fox News, White House press secretary Kaileigh McEnany reaffirmed that President Trump would accept the results of a free and fair election after a reporter approached her with the same question.
McEnany then added, “I think your question is more appropriate for Democrats who have already officially stated that they will not accept the results of an election.
When Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was asked about the President’s statements, he said, “What country are we in? He says the most irrational things.”
Asked by reporters whether President Trump would accept a peaceful transfer of power, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said she was sad that she had to ask the question.
Last Thursday, Senate Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer referred to the president’s alleged comments. According to Fox News, he said that the biggest threat to American democracy came not from abroad but from the White House.
For his part, Vice President Pence played down the unfounded comments to show his optimism for an eventual Trump victory.
“I’m convinced we are going to win the election,” Pence said after visiting a counter manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. “You see people on the streets today, you see the enthusiasm at Midwest Manufacturing. I just think the enthusiasm is greater today than it was in September of 2016.”
At the same time, he noted that concerns about the mail ballots and other voter issues, required today, more than ever, to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
“It’s one more reason why the Senate should move quickly to advise and consent, to complete their work, and fill the seat on the Supreme Court because if there are controversies that arise, that go to the Supreme Court of the United States, the American people deserve to have nine justices on the court,” Pence said.