‘Unpatriotic, Demented, and Disgraceful’: Pompeo Sparks Blistering Backlash By Promising Transition to 2nd Trump Term
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo horrified political observers by promising the second term of President Donald Trump after the president’s loss to President-Elect Joe Biden.
In a Tuesday press conference, Pompeo was asked what is State Department doing to prepare a transition of power to Biden’s upcoming administration. Pompeo’s answer: “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
The presser went on with Pompeo facing questions of whether Trump’s refusal to concede discredits the State Department’s efforts to urge foreign nations to hold free and fair elections and honor the results. Pompeo answered by snapping at the reporter for the “ridiculous” question.
Trump and his allies continue to mount their legal challenges against the 2020 results, but have yet to produce any evidence for their claim that the election was corrupted by rampant voter fraud. In the meantime, multiple foreign leaders have accepted the results, and they’ve reached out to Biden in order to discuss America’s relationship with the world once he is sworn into office.
Pompeo’s remarks drew instant notice among political circles, and whether he was making a flippant remark or being serious, the top U.S. diplomat is being torn apart for his seeming disrespect to the election results.
Unpatriotic, demented, and disgraceful https://t.co/Iy2IHjlxaP
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) November 10, 2020
This will not be remembered well by history. Nor should it be. https://t.co/IBVnI2xeyS
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) November 10, 2020
I honestly can’t believe a figure like the Secretary of State would say something as corrosive as this. This is hugely damaging to US interests around the world—and gives aid and comfort to our adversaries.
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) November 10, 2020
Are we supposed to humor this, too? Perhaps we’re expected to humor Trump through a second and third term? If your response is less than outrage, you haven’t been paying attention to what these people are capable of. https://t.co/7EoDqvQBJU
— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) November 10, 2020
They have 10 more weeks to do this pointless, deliberately provocative nonsense for the benefit of the lib owners on social media, so I guess they’re making the most of it. https://t.co/zRw86Ent6v
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) November 10, 2020
This would be an inappropriate joke two weeks ago. Now, it’s far worse. https://t.co/ge7x2ACU1d
— Philip Bump (@pbump) November 10, 2020
“The world is laughing at us,” a certain president once said. https://t.co/0YJOO4g1ee
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) November 10, 2020
🎶This clip is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S 🎶 https://t.co/EX08baaILb
— Clare Malone (@ClareMalone) November 10, 2020
He wants to run for president and will need Trump supporters to stand any chance: Of course he’s going to stay loyal to the end. https://t.co/xxnrC13sIg
— Richard Hall (@_RichardHall) November 10, 2020
Another take. I think it’s an in between – a joke that never requires him to acknowledge the legitimacy of Biden’s presidency https://t.co/qj1K7DjuRz
— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) November 10, 2020
Profiles in Cowardice
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) November 10, 2020
There is no rational argument that Trump won. People who suggest otherwise deserve ridicule, not reasoned rebuttal. When people feel embarrassed to make this claim, fewer people will make it. I appreciate Pompeo moving us closer to that point in the discourse.
— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) November 10, 2020
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