Pres. Donald Trump is apparently keeping close track of his opponents. And especially those from the Republican Party. A new report by The Daily Beast states Trump is even making a list of them for future use.
Trump said to be fueled by a sense of paranoia with insiders helping to fan the flames. Who reportedly have flagged news coverage for him about fellow party members that are jumping ship.
A source revealed that Trump is already thinking about revenge. “[The president] said something to the effect of: If you’re backing away from him now, don’t bother coming back for a favor when he wins, He made a comment about how there are some people out there who you can only count on when things are going your way.”
In addition his polling problems are having an adverse effect on other Republican lawmakers. A number of which are looking at possible defeat on Election Day. An insider told of Trump and his team. “They just have no message discipline. It’s totally off the rails all the time.”
Among the names reported were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell has been critical of the White House and it’s lack of safety protocol in recent weeks. Along with several of McConnell’s GOP colleagues.
Which leads in to another related story. A one-time top aide to Trump gave his own curious prediction. Steve Bannon said that Donald Trump will make another run for the presidency in 2024 if he doesn’t win this election.
He declared, “You’re not going to see the end of Donald Trump.” As Bannon argued that Trump would not go away quietly knowing he has a base of hardcore supporters waiting for his return. I’ll make this prediction right now: if for any reason the election is stolen from or in some sort of way Joe Biden is declared the winner, Trump will announce he’s going to run for re-election in 2024.”
This all stemming from Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the upcoming November presidential election.
Trump was asked if he would exit the White House peacefully if he loses the election to his Democratic rival Joe Biden and he responded by stating, “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens. You know that.”
Rather than commenting more, Trump shifted the conversation to one of his favorite subjects of late mail-in-ballots. For months now Trump has attempted to undermine voter’s confidence in mail-in-voting and the U.S. Postal Service. Trump has repeatedly attempted to convince his supporters that mail-in-voting will cause massive fraud.
“I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster,” Trump said.
Moments later he was again pressed about committing “to making sure that there’s a peaceful transferal of power,” Trump again tried to switch the subject back to mail-in-voting suggesting that there will not be a transfer of power if there are no ballots, saying, “the ballots are out of control. You know it.”
“We want to have — get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful, there won’t be a transfer, frankly,” Trump said. “There’ll be a continuation.”
Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power is unprecedented. A peaceful transition of power is a key aspect of American democracy.
Even President Richard Nixon knew the importance of a peaceful transfer of power. During his inaugural speech in 1969 he stated, “In the orderly transfer of power, we celebrate the unity that keeps us free.”
Joe Biden’s campaign commented on Trump’s failure to commit to a peaceful transfer of power by referring to a statement issued back on July 19, when Trump made similar comments to Chris Wallace.
“The American people will decide this election,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said. “And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”
Trump has repeatedly pushed baseless fears about mail-in-voting in an attempt to spread fear and rile up his base. He has pushed the false mail-in-fraud conspiracy theory he created at his rallies and across social media platforms. His social media posts were recently flagged by Twitter as violations of its “Civil Integrity Policy.”