Donald Trump this morning retweeted some 16 pro-gun messages, following alarm over his remarks about handing over power if he loses November’s election.
Concerns have been growing over after the President on Wednesday refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after November’s election – adding “we’ll have to see.”
Mr Trump has repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the upcoming poll, falsely claiming the increase of postal ballots following the Covid-19 pandemic left it vulnerable to fraud.
And he’s accuse his opponents, Joe Biden and the Democratic party of, at least, being aware that this was the case.
There is no evidence of widespread postal ballot fraud in the US.
On Wednesday, the President was urged to commit to a peaceful transfer of power – as every other President has, with one White House reporter telling him: “People are rioting.”
He replied: “We’ll have to see…If we get rid of the ballots, there’ll be no transfer of power. There’ll be a continuation.”
This morning, he retweeted a string of 16 tweets about guns, mainly from pro-gun lobbyists the National Rifle Association (NRA).
One tweet read: “NRA members fight harder than any other group to protect the Constitution against politicians like (Joe) Biden, (Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala) Harris, (House Majority leader Nancy) Pelosi and (Senate Minority leader Chuck) Schumer.
“They want to rip up our Constitution and destroy our 2nd Amendment.”
The second amendment is the part of the US Constitution which, it is argued, guarantees the right to own weapons.
Following President Trump’s comments, Republican Representative Thomas Massie, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, tweeted: “”In the spring, stores sold out of hand sanitizer and toilet paper. This fall, they sold out of ammo.”
A record number of Americans are expected to vote by mail this year to avoid the coronavirus pandemic, and Democrats hope mail-in ballots will help to motivate large numbers of voters who oppose Trump.
But the high number of mail in ballots means it could take days – or even weeks – for a final result of November’s election to be official.
And there are growing fears President Trump will try to claim victory on election night, before all the votes are counted.
In 2016, Trump also raised questions about whether he would accept the results of the election, which he went on to win.
But Democrats said Trump’s latest remarks were far more disturbing.
“Chilling is too mild a word,” Senator Angus King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with the Democrats, told CNN. “It’s really an invitation to violence.”