US election bombshell: Joe Biden ‘not likely to concede if Trump wins second term’

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Last month, the US President sparked controversy by refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November 3 election. At a White House press conference, Mr Trump was asked directly whether he would yield power if he lost. He said: “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens.

“You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots.

“And the ballots are a disaster.”

The reporter then asked: “But people are rioting. Do you commit to making sure there is a peaceful transition of power?”

Mr Trump replied: “Get rid of the ballots and we’ll have a very peaceful – there won’t be a transfer, frankly – there’ll be a continuation.”

Critics took this statement to mean one thing: if the President goes down, he’s not leaving without a fight.

However in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, president of Ipsos Public Affairs Clifford Young has stressed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is also likely to do the same.

He said: “Our own polling suggests that about 53 percent of Americans believe that the Republicans would ensure a fair and accurate election.

“And 55 percent believe the Democrats would.

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“It is basically 50/50.

“Basically both sides are sceptical about each other.

“There is a legitimacy issue.”

Mr Young added: “Whoever wins is gonna be an issue because half of the population thinks the other one is illegitimate.

“The polling suggests that if Biden were to win, he would do the same as Trump.

“It is one sided narrative usually, but the polling does not suggest that Biden will not fight.”

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In September, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said that Mr Biden should not concede the 2020 presidential election “under any circumstances,” anticipating issues that could prolong knowing the final outcome.

In an interview with her former communications director Jennifer Palmieri for Showtime’s “The Circus”, she said: “Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances, because I think this is going to drag out, and eventually I do believe he will win if we don’t give an inch, and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is.”

She predicted that among several scenarios, Republicans are going to try to “mess up absentee balloting” so that they could get a potentially narrow advantage in the Electoral College.

She added: “We’ve got to have a massive legal operation, I know the Biden campaign is working on that.

“We have to have poll workers, and I urge people, who are able, to be a poll worker.

“We have to have our own teams of people to counter the force of intimidation that the Republicans and Trump are going to put outside polling places. This is a big organisational challenge, but at least we know more about what they’re going to do.”

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