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'Peaceful Transferal' Fiasco Is Nothing More Than Mainstream Media's Latest Boogeyman

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This just in: The sky is falling and President Donald Trump is finally making the fascist power grab we all knew was coming.

At least, that was the narrative this week in left-wing la la land after Trump spoke around a White House media corps question Wednesday regarding whether he would “commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferal of power” if he loses the 2020 presidential election.

“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said.

“I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”

When asked once again, however, to speak to the importance of a peaceful transition process between administrations, Trump reoriented the discussion back to the increased potential for voter fraud this November given recent state expansions of mail-in voting.

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“We want to have — get rid of the ballots, you’ll have a very peaceful, there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There’ll be a continuation,” the president said.

“The ballots are out of control. You know it. And you know who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know better than anybody else.”

Trump would go on to clarify the remarks Friday night at a campaign rally in Virginia, saying, “I want a smooth, beautiful transition, but they don’t add the other part: But it’s got to be an honest vote.”

“We do want a very friendly transition,” the president said.

“But we don’t want to be cheated and be stupid and say, ‘Oh let’s trans– we’ll go and we’ll do a transition,’ and we know that there were thousands and thousands of ballots that made the difference through cheating. We’re not going to stand for it.”

Of course, the damage had already been done.

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It may well have all been avoided in the first place had the president simply committed to a peaceful transfer of power, with the caveat that he would not concede the election until every last vote was properly authenticated and counted.

That, unfortunately, is not the way this president does things, however, as Trump is often inelegant in the way that he speaks.

Do you think the establishment media is intentionally overreacting to Trump's remark?

But does anyone truly believe that means his attempts to gloss over the patently ridiculous question at hand in favor of his preferred topic was actually an allusion to some sick plan to maintain control of the White House with military force should he lose to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden?

Well, if you had a look at the news this week, you would know that some people actually do believe this insane premise — or, at least, want the American people to think that they do.

Every other headline from Wednesday to Friday was some tired iteration of The Washington Post’s “Trump won’t commit to a ‘peaceful transfer of power’ if he loses.”

Sounds eerie, right?

It reads like something off the pages of George Orwell’s “1984” or Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”

It leads the mind to thoughts of deadly tinpot dictators from bygone decades.

More importantly, it sounds concerning enough that Trump’s opposition on both sides of the political aisle can not-so-coincidentally all be asked to breathlessly lambaste him for it on camera:

Heck, even folks nobody actually asked ended up weighing in.

This includes folks like former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who tweeted, “Trump’s refusal to commit to the peaceful transfer of power is the behavior of a desperate would-be dictator who’d cling to office even if it meant destroying our democracy.”

“It’s pathetic. But because he is the president, we should take his threat seriously,” she wrote.

Coming, however, from a political candidate who failed to publicly concede on election night in 2016 — a candidate who has since convinced almost her entire party to commit to accusing her successful opponent of colluding with a foreign government to steal the presidency — the warning rings hollow.

And that is exactly the point.

This whole narrative is a boogeyman intended to scare the American people.

Nobody actually believes Trump is gearing up to cling to the White House for dear life or gun down dissenters.

But it would be a lot better for the Democrats if you did — because maybe then you would unseat their most deeply despised rival for them.

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Andrew J. Sciascia is the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal. Having joined up as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, he went on to cover the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for the outlet, regularly co-hosting its video podcast, "WJ Live," as well.
Andrew J. Sciascia is the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal and regularly co-hosts the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."

Sciascia first joined up with The Western Journal as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, before graduating with a degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked briefly as a political operative with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

He has since covered the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for The Western Journal, and now focuses his reporting on Congress and the national campaign trail. His work has also appeared in The Daily Caller.




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