The head of a global observer mission to the US elections accused Donald Trump on Thursday of a “gross abuse of office” after the president alleged he was being cheated and demanded that vote counting be halted.
“The most disturbing thing was that with presidential fanfare of the White House, that is, with all the insignia of power, the American commander-in-chief called for an end to the count because of his purported victory,” Michael Link from the informed the German day by day Stuttgarter Zeitung.
“That was a gross abuse of office,” he mentioned, including that Trump’s “claims of manipulation are baseless”.
Link, who works for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, warned that Trump’s repeated false allegations of fraud might have far-reaching penalties.
“The major concern is that the US will not be able put back into the bottle the genie that Trump has let out.
“Even if he have been to confess defeat and hand over workplace correctly, his supporters, incited by rhetoric, may even see violence as a professional device as a result of they now not really feel democratically represented,” said Link.
And that’s “a hazard that goes far past election day,” added the mission chief of the OSCE, which monitors elections throughout Western nations and the former Soviet Union.
On Wednesday, the mission already released a statement saying that there was no basis to Trump’s claims of cheating, and that Tuesday’s vote was “aggressive and effectively managed.”
Trump, 74, has claimed victory unilaterally earlier than counting in key battleground states has concluded.
He has additionally made clear he wouldn’t settle for the reported outcomes, issuing unprecedented complaints — unsupported by any proof — of fraud.
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