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Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement on President Trump’s refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power:

“The President’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power is deeply offensive to our Nation’s constitutional values. These comments should offend people in both parties, whether they support the President or not, because they are totally contrary to our founding document. And let me be clear: this is just as much about what the President did not say as what he did say. He should have forthrightly said, ‘of course I will ensure there is a peaceful transfer of power.’ Because every public official in the country, whether a city council member or the President, has a sworn duty to support this peaceful, democratic process.

This is what the authoritarianism looks like. To my Republican colleagues: the warning lights are blinking red. Now is the time to speak out and choose country over party. In the meantime, I hope that the President will come back and clean up his act because these comments create nothing but doubt and fear for the American people.”