Graham vows GOP will accept election results after Trump comments

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February MORE (R-S.C.) said Thursday morning that Republicans would accept any clear electoral result in November or a Supreme Court decision if the results were unclear.

Graham joined the ranks of Republicans promising a fair and peaceful election after comments made by President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE at a press briefing Wednesday, where Trump refused to commit to leave office should Democratic presidential nominee win the election.

"People wonder about the peaceful transfer of power. I can assure you, it will be peaceful," Graham said on "Fox & Friends." "Now, we may have litigation about who won the election, but the court will decide and if the Republicans lose, we will accept that result. But we need a full court."


Graham's comments echoed those of other top Republicans including House Republican Caucus Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHouse GOP leader says he has 'concerns' over Cheney's impeachment vote Cheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency GOP senators say only a few Republicans will vote to convict Trump MORE (Wyo.) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Rubio: Biden 'talking like a centrist' but governing 'from the radical left' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds MORE (Fla.), who both promised a peaceful transition of power should the GOP lose the White House in tweets Thursday morning.

Trump had declined to make such a promise when questioned by a reporter, instead saying "we'll see what happens."


"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. “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.”

Graham's remarks also indicated that Republicans may use the issue of unclear election results in November as a potential motivation to push for the nomination of a Supreme Court justice before November, a prospect Democrats are opposed to but may be unable to stop in the Senate.

Trump has said that on Saturday he will announce his nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgNYC street and subway signs transformed to welcome Biden, bid farewell to Trump Schumer and McConnell trade places, but icy relationship holds Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader MORE, who died on Friday.