PUBLISHED: 03:41, Thu, Sep 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 03:41, Thu, Sep 24, 2020
The president made the incendiary remarks during a press conference at the White House. Addressing MrTrump a reporter asked: “Will you commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election?”
He replied: “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens.”
In response the journalist, Brian J. Karem, accused the president of “advocating civil war” on Twitter.
Mr Karem, the White House correspondent from Playboy, tweeted: “This is the most frightening answer I have ever received to any question I have ever asked.
“I’ve interviewed convicted killers with more empathy.
“Will you commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election?” (Image: GETTY)
“This is the most frightening answer I have ever received to any question I have ever asked" (Image: GETTY)
“Donald Trump is advocating civil war.”
Mr Trump has repeatedly alleged, without providing evidence, that the presidential election could be rigged by his Democratic rivals using mail-in ballots.
During the press conference the president also indicated he wants his new Supreme Court nominee in place ahead of the election in case of a contested vote.
President Trump said: “I think it’s better if you go before the election because I think this scam the Democrats are pulling, it’s a scam, this scam will be before the United States Supreme Court.”
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