Graham vows GOP will accept election results after Trump comments

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocratic Senate campaign arm outraises GOP counterpart in September Hug or heresy? The left's attack on Dianne Feinstein is a sad sign of our times Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein 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 John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally 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 CheneySteve King defends past comments on white supremacy, blasts NYT and GOP leaders in fiery floor speech GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power Graham vows GOP will accept election results after Trump comments MORE (Wyo.) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump remarks put pressure on Barr Owners of meatpacker JBS to pay 0M fine over foreign bribery charges Questions raised about conflicts of interest around Biden son-in-law 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 GinsburgLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Cunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll 51 percent want Barrett seated on Supreme Court: poll MORE, who died on Friday.