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Rubio on peaceful transfer of power: 'We will have a legitimate & fair election'

Rubio on peaceful transfer of power: 'We will have a legitimate & fair election'
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOwners of meatpacker JBS to pay 0M fine over foreign bribery charges Questions raised about conflicts of interest around Biden son-in-law America needs an industrial policy — now more than ever MORE (R-Fla.) vowed on Thursday that the U.S. would have a legitimate election in November and a peaceful transfer of power next year should Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast MORE win, a day after President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE refused to commit to such a scenario.

In a tweet early Thursday morning, the Florida senator wrote that the November election would be "legitimate & fair," though he cautioned "it may take longer than usual to know the outcome."

"And at noon on Jan 20,2021 we will peacefully swear in the President," he continued.

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His tweet comes the morning after Trump caused controversy with his comments at a White House press briefing refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power should the election results indicate a victory for his opponent, instead telling reporters that he'll "see what happens" and again raising baseless claims about mail-in ballot fraud.

“Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation,” Trump said on Wednesday. “The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it better than anyone else? The Democrats know it better than anyone else.”

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The comments were a lightning rod in Washington as both Democrats and some of Trump's occasional GOP critics blasted his refusal to commit to peacefully handing over the White House should he lose.

"This is how democracy dies," tweeted Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: DOJ accuses Russian hackers of targeting 2018 Olympics, French elections | Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats | House Democrats slam FCC over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats Ratcliffe, Schiff battle over Biden emails, politicized intelligence MORE (D-Calif.). "A president so desperate to cling to power that he won’t commit to a peaceful transition of power."

"Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable," added Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal 10 bellwether counties that could signal where the election is headed The Memo: Trump's second-term chances fade MORE (R-Utah), the only GOP senator to vote for the president's removal from office during his impeachment trial earlier this year.