Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday that US voters would “not stand up for it” if President Donald Trump lost the November election and refused to step down.
In a debate with Biden on Tuesday night, Trump would not commit to accepting the election result and reiterate unfounded complaints that an increase in postal ballot papers due to the coronavirus pandemic would lead to widespread electoral fraud.
Biden urged Americans to vote for him in large numbers to rule out the possibility of Republican Trump staying in the White House if he loses the election.
“The president will resign. The American people will not stand up for it. No agency would stand up for it,” Biden said during a campaign freeze in Alliance, Ohio, one of the battlefield states in the November 3 election.
Trump, who won a four-year term in 2016, was asked at the Cleveland debate if he would accept the 2020 outcome, saying:
“When I see tens of thousands of ballot papers manipulated, I cannot agree,” he said. “This is going to be a scam like you’ve never seen before.”
Biden has had a modest but steady lead on national voter polls for months, although opinion polls in the battlefield states, which traditionally make decisions about elections, show closer competition.
The Democrat on Wednesday also condemned a right-wing group that Trump mentioned in the debate, saying, “My message to the Proud Boys and every other white supremacist group is: stop and don’t.”
“The American people will decide who is the next president. Period,” added Biden.
Trump had urged the Proud Boys right-wing activists to “step down and stand by” and expressed concerns that he was encouraging them to act as freelance election observers.
The Proud Boys call themselves a club of “Western Chauvinists” but have been classified as a hate group by the non-profit Southern Poverty Law Center.
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