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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Murphy rails against Trump for refusal to commit to peaceful transition of power

By Nikita Biryukov, September 25 2020 4:04 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy railed against President Donald Trump for his refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose at the polls in November.

“There’s been a consistent theme of challenging the validity of institutions — Department of Justice, FBI, health officials in Washington in places like the CDC, NIH, NATO and now this,” Murphy said. “Many of us have bullhorns. No one has a bullhorn greater than the president. Please, enough. There’s no evidence that backs this up.”

Trump has repeatedly and without evidence claimed that increased use of mail-in ballots would result in widespread voter fraud. On Thursday, Trump directly refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power, again citing the baseless voter fraud claims.

“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” he said.

Murphy’s pitched high turnout to head off any claims Trump could make about a fraudulent election.

“At the end of the day for me, this isn’t about the president or what he says,” Murphy said. “I find the conclusion really being it’s about us. It’s up to us to turn out — however way you’re going to vote — and vote, regardless of which side you’re on, so that the turnout is high and the result is unmistakable.”

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