Morning Joe Slams Trump on UK Results: 'That's a Peaceful Transfer of Power'

Exploring post-election dynamics in U.S. and U.K. politics

by Zain ul Abedin
Morning Joe Slams Trump on UK Results: 'That's a Peaceful Transfer of Power'
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"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough quite severally took Trump to task for his unwillingness to concede defeat and for his continuous peddling of the Big Lie that the 2020 U.S. elections were fraudulent. Having compared Trump’s behavior to that of Rishi Sunak, after his party’s crushing defeat in the recent UK election to the Labour Party, he criticized Trump.

In Friday's broadcast, there was the footage of Sunak speaking to the nation. He refrained from celebrating the elections’ results and admitted that the British public wanted change in government. "To the country, I would like to say first and foremost that I am sorry.

I have given this job my all, but you have sent a clear signal that the government of the United Kingdom must change. And yours is the only judgment that matters." He continued, "I leave this job honored to have been your prime minister.

This is the best country in the world, and it is thanks entirely to you, the British people, the true source of all our achievements, our strengths, and our greatness." After the clip, Scarborough juxtaposed this fine example of accepting losses with what goes on in the U.S., saying, as the previous quote indicates, "We don’t have that here in the United States…That’s called a peaceful transfer of power." He went further to say, "Actually that’s what we had in the US from the late 1700s until the year 2020 when Donald Trump refused to do it.

See, it’s better that way because you actually let the voters decide. And that’s what democracies and constitutional republics are all about."

Trump's Election Doubts

The attention was then turned to Trump again, primarily in the aftermath of his recent debate where he nearly hesitated to assure the nation’s unreserved acceptance of the forthcoming November presidential election results.

But, if it were a fair and legal and good election complete with the electoral college, then he was ready, he told the CNN moderators. Trump has been complaining since the time he lost the 2020 elections, often stating that the elections were unfair and the Democratic party cheated him with no substantiated evidence, not credible enough to change the narrative that the elections were rigged.

According to a recent CNN poll, given Trump’s past behavior; only 28% believe he will accept defeat in the 2024 election, while 71% do not trust he will accept the election’s result without contest.