A3 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 | COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. NATION& WORLD ELECTION2020 McConnell, Pelosi vowpeaceful power transfer of power. That’s one of the hallmarks. And I think this year will be no exception.” Itishighlyunusualthatasitting presidentwould express lessthancompleteconfidence in theAmericandemocracy’s electoralprocess. ButTrump also declined four years ago to commit to honoring the election results if his Democraticopponent, Hillary Clinton, won. Biden, his current Democratic challenger, was asked aboutTrump’scommentafter landing inWilmington, Delaware, onWednesday night. “What country arewe in?” Biden asked incredulously, adding: “I’m being facetious. Look, he says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say about it. But it doesn’t surprise me.” defense. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally and chair of the Senate JudiciaryCommittee, told“Fox& Friends” onThursday, “If Republicans losewe will accept the result. If the SupremeCourt rules infavor of JoeBiden, I will accept that result.” “Regardless ofhowdivided our country is right now, when elections are over and winnersaredeclared, wemust all commit ourselves to the Constitution and accept the results,” tweeted Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, aformerchair oftheHouseRepublicancampaign arm. Longtime Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, chairman of the Appropriations Committee said, “Well, we’ve alwayshadapeacefultransfer the United States was even raising this question. “What would our founders think?” she asked. “Calm down, Mr. President,” Pelosi said at a news conference. She reminded Trump the U.S. is not North Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia or other countries with strongman leaders. “You are in the United States of America. It is a democracy,” she said. “So why don’t you just try for a moment to honor our oath of office to the Constitution of the United States.” Pelosi said she has confidence in American voters to cast their votes and choose the president. Hardly any GOP lawmakers came to the president’s ByLisaMascaro, Aamer MadhaniandKevinFreking AssociatedPress Congressional leaders fromboth parties, including Senate Majority Leader MitchMcConnell and House Speaker NancyPelosi, swiftlypushedbackThursday afterPresidentDonaldTrump apparently declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election. Trump said during a Wednesdaynewsconference, “We’re going to have to see whathappens,” respondingto a question about committing tothe results. “Youknowthat I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, andthe ballots are a disaster.” By Thursday, the White WASHINGTON— Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif. Senate Majority Leader MitchMcConnell, R-Ky. fromboth parties— including leaders of Trump’s RepublicanParty— hadnohesitation in committing to an orderly transfer if he loses. “Thewinnerof theNovember 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th,” McConnell said in a tweet. “Therewillbeanorderlytransition just as there has been every four years since 1792.” DemocratPelosi said itwas “very sad” the president of House sought to clarify Trump’s words “The presidentwill accept the results of a free and fair election,” said Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. But she said Trump does want to “get rid of mass, mail-out voting,” which he believes will lead to massive fraudulent ballots. Reaction to Trump’s commentswasstrongandnegative fromCapitol Hill. Lawmakers WASHINGTON ELECTION2020 Trumps jeered as they pay respects to Ginsburg No signs of shift in polls after death of Ginsburg an initial look atwhat’s sure to be a long fight over the direction of the court. The president’s nominee — and the battle over whether to confirm him or her — could ultimately alter public opinion. The surveys began Wednesday, two days before Ginsburg’s death. Neither Biden nor Trump fared significantly better in interviews conducted after her death, after controlling for the characteristicsof the respondent, like state and party. If anything, Biden fared a bit better, but the difference was not meaningful. Beginning Sunday, voters were asked three questions about the Supreme Court, althoughnoneinIowa, where the surveywas mostly complete by Sunday. ©2020TheNewYorkTimes The most recentNewYork Times/Siena College polls of Texas, Iowa and Georgia found no serious evidence that the Supreme Court vacancy has affectedthe race for the White House. Nor did the polls findmuch reason to think thiswould shift the race in theweeks ahead. The surveyswere already underway before the death Friday of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and neither Joe Biden nor President Donald Trump fared meaningfully better in interviews conducted after her death. Opinions about the Supreme Court fight seemed poised to split along familiar partisan lines, with little advantage to either side. The data represents only Moments after Trump arrived, booing could be heard fromspectators about a block away fromthe court building. They chanted“vote him out” as Trump stood near the coffin. He walked back into the court as the chants grew louder. White House press secretary KayleighMcEnany said people have First Amendment rights, but she found the jeers “an appalling and disrespectful thing to do as the president honored Justice Ginsburg.” “Thechantswereappalling but certainly to be expected when you’re in the heart of the swamp,” she said. Trump has called Ginsburg ByKevinFreking AssociatedPress President Donald Trump was booed Thursday as he paid respects to late Supreme Court JusticeRuth Bader Ginsburg. He plans to nominate a replacement this weekend for the liberal justice. Trumpand first ladyMelania Trump stood at the top of the steps of the court and looked down at Ginsburg’s coffin, whichwas surrounded by white flowers. Ginsburg’sdeath has sparked a controversy over the political balance of the court just weeks before the November presidential election. WASHINGTON — PresidentDonaldTrumpandfirst ladyMelaniaTrumppay respectsThursdayas JusticeRuthBaderGinsburglies in reposeat theSupremeCourtbuilding. J. SCOTTAPPLEWHITE / AP Parks, a private citizen, previously has lain in honor at the Capitol. Ginsburg will be buried alongside her husband, Martin, in a private ceremony at ArlingtonNationalCemetery nextweek. Martin Ginsburg died in 2010. Trump is expected to announce his nominee to replaceGinsburgonSaturday. an “amazing woman who lived an amazing life.” Her body will lie in state at the Capitol today, the first time awoman receives that distinction, and only the second time it will be bestowed on a Supreme Court justice. William Howard Taft, who had also served as president, was also recognized in such a manner. The body of Rosa PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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