Trump doubles down on questioning the transfer of power if he loses the election

  • Speaking to supporters in Newport News, Virginia, on Friday, President Trump again raised the prospect of refusing to accept the election result next month.
  • Trump has repeatedly spread disinformation that mail-in votes are exposed to fraud, and Democrats plotting to steal the election. "We're not going to stand for it," he said in Atlanta.
  • Trump has long refused to countenance the prospect of defeat, and stirs doubts about the legitimacy of contests he might lose.
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President Trump has warned supporters that he will not be "cheated" in next month's election and said, "We're not going to stand for it."

Trump has repeatedly spread disinformation that mail-in votes are exposed to fraud, and Democrats are plotting to steal the election.

He returned to the theme at a rally in Newport News, Virginia, on Friday, claiming postal ballots were a "scam."

He said: "We are not going to lose this, except if they cheat."

He continued: "And we do want a very friendly transition. But we don't want to be cheated. And be stupid … And we know that there were thousands and thousands of ballots that made the difference through cheating. We're not going to stand for it."

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(Listen to Trump talk about the transition of power at 1:35:30) 

Earlier, he joked to supporters in Atlanta, Georgia, about being in power for 12 more years, according to a report in The Guardian.

Consistently, the president at rallies has called on supporters to act as "poll watchers" to guard against election fraud.

FBI Director Christopher Wray contradicted the president on Thursday: "We have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it's by mail or otherwise," he told the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Democrats say that the president seeks to delegitimize thousands of mail-in votes to cling to power illegally should he lose in November.

Mary Trump, the niece of President Donald Trump, said on Thursday that her uncle would go "farther than you can possibly imagine" if he loses the presidential election, the Huffington Post reported.

Historians and experts on fascism warn that Trump is behaving like the dictators the US is often leading the way to condemn on the global stage. 

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