House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed President Trump and the peaceful transfer of power at her weekly press briefing on Thursday: "He admires people who are perpetuating their role in government. But, I remind him; you are not in North Korea, you are not in Turkey, you are not in Russia, Mr. President. And by the way, you are not in Saudi Arabia. You are in the United States of America, it is a democracy, so why don’t you just try for a moment to honor your oath of office to the Constitution of the United States."
PELOSI: We want the peaceful transfer of power and again, this is about something you've heard me say again and again. We don't agonize. We organize and we want to make sure that the American people know how important their vote is and how they can vote safely without risking their health.
And, it is--it's very sad that you even have to ask that question, a real testimony to the need for protecting our democracy that we put forth yesterday. But, a president of the United States would place in doubt the idea of the peaceful transfer of power is--well, it's no surprise, again, because the president has been contemptable of science and governance. And, so you see 200,000 people have died.
But, I--I--I have confidence in the American people and I have confidence that--that he won't get away with saying, for example, "I won with the popular--the vote on the ground and a vote in the mail doesn't count" and the rest of that.
What am I missing here about people just not saying, "Hold it, calm down, Mr. President"? Now, we do know who he admires. He admires Putin. He admires Kim Jong-un. He admires Erdogan in Turkey. He admires people who are perpetuating their--their role in government. But, I remind him, you are not in North Korea. You are not in Turkey. You are not in Russia, Mr. President. And, by the way, you are not in Saudi Arabia. You are in the United States of America. It is a democracy. So, why don't you just try for a moment to honor your oath of office to the Constitution of the United States?
Just have confidence and it would not be a good thing for our country, for our election to be ignored by the President so that a solution as you--as the Constitution provides for, but nonetheless one that does not, in my view, constitute a peaceful transfer of power.