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As President Trump refuses to commit to accepting the results of the upcoming election, we speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman, whose latest piece in The Atlantic looks at how Trump could subvert the election results and stay in power even if he loses to Joe Biden. "Trump's strategy is never to concede. He may win, he may lose, but under no circumstances will he concede this election," says Gellman. "That's a big problem, because we don't actually have a mechanism for forcing a candidate to concede, and concession is the way we have ended elections."
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AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I'm Amy Goodman.
For the second day in a row, President Trump refused to commit to accepting the results of the upcoming election if his rival Joe Biden wins. Trump was asked about the election as he left the White House to campaign in North Carolina.
REPORTER: Mr. President, are the election results only legitimate if you win?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: So, we have to be very careful with the ballots. The ballots, that's a whole big scam. ... We want to make sure the election is honest, and I'm not sure that it can be. I don't..., I don't know that it can be with this whole situation unsolicited ballots. They're unsolicited, millions being sent to everybody. And we'll see.
AMY GOODMAN: President Trump made a similar comment Wednesday when questioned at a White House press briefing.
BRIAN KAREM: Will you commit here today for a peaceful transferral of power after the election?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, we're going to have to see what happens. You know that. I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster. And, and --
BRIAN KAREM: I understand that. But people are rioting.
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