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McCarthy says there will be a peaceful transition if Biden wins

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Thursday he believes there will be a peaceful transition of power in the event that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins in November.

McCarthy's comments come as President Trump casts doubt over whether he will accept the results of the election, sparking pushback from some GOP lawmakers.

"There will be a very peaceful transition," McCarthy, one of Trump's closest allies in the House, said Thursday. 

The GOP leader quickly moved to blast 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for stating during an appearance on Showtime's "The Circus" last month that she doesn't think Biden should concede.

"The concern I have though, too, I hope you ask the same question of Hillary Clinton, who simply said out there, 'Never concede the race,'" McCarthy told reporters at a press conference.

"And what about our own Congresswoman AOC [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez], who said we need to radicalize ourselves. Does that have anything to do with two police officers being shot last night, or two sheriffs being shot in Compton?" he said.

Trump told reporters on Wednesday that "we're going to have to see what happens, you know that," when asked if there would be a peaceful transition, citing issues with mail-in ballots.

While Trump's comments have sparked backlash, McCarthy asserted there are "no questions, no qualms, no concerns" about the matter of a peaceful transition regardless of which candidate prevails in November.

"I believe President Trump will have a very good inaugural and we will reunite this nation instead of radicalizing the nation," he said.

"It will be a smooth transition, regardless of the outcome. I'm concerned of what I'm hearing on the other side of the aisle."

The California Republican went on to take aim at Biden for repeatedly putting a lid on public appearances, echoing Trump's own criticism against the Democratic nominee.

Biden had said that he would be focused on debate prep on Thursday, as he and Trump are set to face off in their first presidential debate on Tuesday in Ohio.

"You don't see the current Democrat nominee, because he put another lid on it today. It would be nice to see Joe Biden come out," McCarthy said.

"There's times I worry about his health for the number of days he puts a lid on it before 10 a.m. for talking to the American public and denying us the ability to know what he believes in or or wants to say when he wants to be the leader of the free world, but you have the former nominee telling him never concede."

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