House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized President Trump after he refused to commit to ensuring a peaceful transfer of power, saying he is trying to “have the Constitution swallow Clorox.”
When asked if Trump would accept a peaceful transfer of power, Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters, “It’s really sad you even have to ask that question.”
On Wednesday, the president appeared to sidestep a question from a reporter on his willingness to commit to a peaceful transfer of power "win, lose or draw" in this election by repeating his unsubstantiated claim that mail-in voting could lead to widespread voter fraud.
In July, Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace he wouldn’t commit to accepting the results of the 2020 election prematurely.
Election experts concede that voting by mail is more susceptible to fraud than casting a ballot in person, but they say they have seen no evidence of widespread fraud or that absentee balloting favors Democrats.