Graham vows GOP will accept election results after Trump comments

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLate donor surges push election spending projections to new heights Pence seeks to lift GOP in battle for Senate Wall Street backed Biden campaign with million in 2020 cycle: report 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 TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline 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 Republicans slated to hold leadership election on Nov. 17 McCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Steve King defends past comments on white supremacy, blasts NYT and GOP leaders in fiery floor speech MORE (Wyo.) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Big Tech hearing the most partisan yet | Rubio warns about foreign election interference | Trump campaign site briefly hacked Rubio warns that election interference may ramp up around Election Day Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus 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 GinsburgPence seeks to lift GOP in battle for Senate 'Packing' federal courts is already a serious problem McConnell and Schumer's relationship shredded after court brawl MORE, who died on Friday.