US President Donald Trump has flat-out refused to say he will hand over power if he loses the election in November.
“We’re going to see what happens,” he told a news conference on Thursday.
With six weeks to go before the election, most polls show Trump losing to his challenger Joe Biden of the Democratic Party.
Asked whether he would go peacefully, Trump said: “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”
Trump has for months been claiming, without evidence, that the election is being rigged against him.
It is unheard of for an American President to question an election.
Many commentators warned that Trump is advocating civil war.
Though Trump has a firm base of supporters, the majority of the country dislikes him.
He was loudly booed on Thursday at the country’s highest court, at a ceremony in honour of the judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died last weekend.
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