US President Donald Trump has refused to publicly commit to accepting the results of the upcoming November presidential election, while refusing to say whether the Confederate flag was an offensive symbol.
In an interview with Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday, Trump said it was too early to make such a guarantee, echoing a similar threat he made weeks before the 2016 vote and took mocking recent polls that show him lagging behind the alleged Democratic candidate. Joe Biden.
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” I have to see. Look… I have to see, ”Trump said. “No, I’m not just going to say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t do it the last time either. ”
The Biden campaign replied, “The American people will decide this election. And the US government is perfectly capable of escorting intruders out of the White House ”.
Although considered remarkable that an incumbent president would express far-from-total confidence in the electoral process of American democracy, the statement comes from Trump’s insurgent playbook four years ago, in the final stages of his race against Hillary Clinton, he said he would not pledge to honor the election results if the Democrat wins.
Pressed during an October 2016 debate on whether he would respect the will of the voters, Trump replied that he would “keep you going.”
During the interview, Trump also declined to say whether the emblem of the Confederate battle, which has come to represent racial oppression and slavery for many Americans, is an offensive symbol.
“It depends on who you talk to, when you talk,” replied Trump. “When people proudly wear their Confederate flags, they are not talking about racism. They love their flag, it represents the South. They love the South… I say it’s freedom of a lot of things, but it’s freedom of speech. “
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Trump also promised to veto the annual national defense licensing law on an amendment to remove the names of Confederate generals from military bases within a year. The position breaks with several of his Republican colleagues in Congress.
“We have won world wars thanks to these military bases, no, I will not change. I will not change. Trump said in the interview, which was taped on Friday.
Trump has also defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, despite the United States leading the world in cases and deaths, and an upsurge in states that have tried to reopen their economies early.
Trump said the United States was “the envy of the world” for testing, while reiterating his opposition to any national mandate for wearing a mask.
“I want people to have some freedom,” he said.
Referring to what he called an early prediction that the virus would one day go away, he said, “I’ll be right eventually.”