Romney: 'Unacceptable' for president not to commit to peaceful transfer of power

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 04: U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) arrives at a weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon at Hart Senate Office Building August 4, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans held a weekly policy luncheon to discuss the GOP agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - After President Donald Trump declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power Wednesday, should he lose the November election, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) called the act "unthinkable" and "unacceptable."

Romney posted on Twitter:

Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; with that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.

Romney did not mention Trump by name, but the tweet came hours after the president refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power during a press conference at the White House.

“You’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer frankly,” Trump said. “There’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control, you know it, and you know, who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.”

Trump also suggested “getting rid of ballots." For months, the president has spoken out against mail-in voting, saying it will lead to fraudulent results. Election experts and state officials have refuted his claims, saying there is no evidence of fraud tied to mail-in voting.

“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens. You know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots,” Trump said. “And the ballots are a disaster.”

Other Republicans, along with Romney, have assured a peaceful transfer of power will take place if Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins.

Sen. Mike Lee's (R-UT) office released the following statement to 2News, saying he believes both candidates will honor the election results.

Sen. Lee is entirely confident that both President Trump and Joe Biden will honor the results of this November’s election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to uphold the tradition of a peaceful transfer of power.

“The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792,” McConnell posted on Twitter.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted the election would be "fair" and "legitimate."

“As we have done for over two centuries we will have a legitimate and fair election,” he said. “It may take longer than usual to know the outcome, but it will be a valid one. And at noon on Jan 20, 2021 we will peacefully swear in the president.”

The Biden campaign responded Wednesday, “The American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”

Back in July, Trump similarly refused to commit to accepting the results of the election.

“I have to see. Look... I have to see,” Trump told Chris Wallace during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either.”

Trump previously made similar comment before the 2016 election in an October debate. When asked if he would honor by the results, Trump responded he would "keep you in suspense."