(Liberty Headlines) President Donald Trump is refusing to publicly commit to accepting the results of the upcoming White House election due to fears of widespread voter fraud.
“I have to see. Look … I have to see,” Trump told moderator Chris Wallace during a wide-ranging interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either.”
Joe Biden‘s campaign responded: “The American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”
Trump also hammered Pentagon bureaucrats for favoring renaming bases that honor Confederate military leaders.
“I don’t care what the military says,” the commander in chief said.
The president described the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, as a “a little bit of an alarmist” about the coronavirus pandemic, and Trump stuck to what he had said back in February — that the virus is “going to disappear.”
On Fox, he said, “I’ll be right eventually.”
Pressed during an October 2016 debate about whether he would abide by the voters’ will, Trump responded that he would “keep you in suspense.”
Trump said that a series of polls that show his popularity eroding and Biden holding an advantage are faulty based on evidence that voters are underrepresented in such surveys.
“First of all, I’m not losing, because those are fake polls,” Trump said in the taped interview, which aired Sunday. “They were fake in 2016 and now they’re even more fake. The polls were much worse in 2016.”
Among the issues discussed was the push to transform America into a Marxist utopia, in which free markets, families, and Christianity are dismantled.
Trump said he could understand why Black Americans are upset about how police use force disproportionately against them.
“Of course I do. Of course I do,” the president said, adding that “whites are also killed, too.”
He said he was “not offended either by Black Lives Matter,” but at the same time defended the Confederate flag, and said those who “proudly have their Confederate flags, they’re not talking about racism.”
“They love their flag, it represents the South, they like the South. That’s freedom of speech. And you know, the whole thing with ‘cancel culture,’ we can’t cancel our whole history. We can’t forget that the North and the South fought. We have to remember that, otherwise we’ll end up fighting again. You can’t just cancel all,” Trump said.
Trump continues to insist that Biden “signed a charter” with one of his primary rivals on the left, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Trump stood behind his pledge to veto a $740 billion defense bill over a requirement that the Defense Department change the names of bases named for Confederate military leaders. That list includes Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas and Fort Benning in Georgia.
The president argued there were no viable alternatives if the government ever tried. “We’re going to name it after the Reverend Al Sharpton?” Trump asked, referring to a radical Marxist and former civil rights leader. “What are you going to name it?”
Trump, 74, stuck to a campaign charge that Biden, 77, is unable to handle the rigors of the White House because of his age.
As for polls showing the incumbent is trailing, Trump noted he was thought to be behind for much of the 2016 contest.
“I won’t lose,” he predicted.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press.