All President Trump was saying Wednesday, when he refused to answer about a peaceful transfer of power, was that he wanted to make sure the election was fair, given all the uncertainty about the voting, and that there will be challenges that will likely force it to the Supreme Court.
He didn’t mean that he wasn’t going to go peacefully. And he certainly didn’t want to say he was going to lose. I believe he took the question to say whether he would accept the results, and he is not going to commit to simply accept an apparent result before the mess has been sorted through.
Biden did something similar when asked if he would accept the election results: “Sure, the full results. Count every vote.” That leaves him a clear out to say there was voter fraud, etc.
According to the Washington Examiner:
A day after being noncommittal in response to a question about a peaceful transferal of power, he told Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade that he would “agree” to stepping down if the high court ruled in such a way that handed former Vice President Joe Biden victory.
“One of the things you said when asked about if you lose the election, will you accept the result, you said, ‘Well, we’re going to have to see what happens, you know. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster,'” Kilmeade said to the president during a radio interview. “Many think you are saying … if you do lose, you’ll never, ever leave. That’s not what you’re saying. We just spoke to Lindsey Graham. He said, ‘We have every reason to contend anything that might be controversial.’ And I’ll paraphrase, he said if it gets to the Supreme Court and they decide Joe Biden won, Joe Biden won. Do you agree with that?”
“Oh, that I would agree with, but I think we have a long way before we get there,” the president answered, before discussing mail-in ballots.