U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-Newark) raised alarms over President Donald Trump’s claim that a loss in November could come only if “this election is rigged.”
“That is a comment that dictators say, authoritarian leaders say, that there is only one legitimate outcome of this election, which would be me returning. And if it’s not, if I’m not reelected, what he’s in essence saying is that the democratic process in the United States of America is illegitimate,” Booker said. “That is inciting his own supporters to take action or stand against or undermine somehow what has been an American tradition since George Washington, which is the smooth, peaceful transition of power.”
The senator’s comments were made SiruisXM’s The Joe Madison Show Tuesday morning.
Trump made similar claims during his 2016 bid but has now resumed claiming baselessly that, despite his trailing in the polls, he could only lose if the election was illegitimate. He’s also floated seeking a third term as president, a move that would violate the 22nd Amendment, which established presidential term limits.
“He is, and he continues to undermine our most sacred democratic traditions and institutions. He is a danger, an authoritarian danger, and he keeps poking and pressing seeing where there’s weakness,” Booke said. “He already checked out what would the military do if I order them to turn weapons, rubber bullets and gas on peaceful protesters. This man is dangerous.”