Miami, Nov 10 (EFE News) .- A bipartisan panel of academics and former government officials described it as “inflammatory” and “dangerous” for Republicans to support the allegations of electoral fraud made by President Donald Trump without evidence, noting that they are threatening a “peaceful transition” of power.
The so-called National Task Force on Election Crisis fears that the “baseless claims” jeopardize America’s democratic tradition of a smooth transition between two presidents.
They recalled that since George Washington peacefully transferred power to his successor, John Adams, “the American presidents have handed over the keys to the machinery of Government to their successors” peacefully.
The panel, made up of more than 50 academics and former government officials who served in Republican and Democratic administrations, was alarmed by Republican support for that unsupported narrative.
Republicans have stressed that Trump has a “right” to pursue vote-counting challenges in swing states and even point to a possible Supreme Court review of the validity of late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots.
Members of the group include former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former Republican National Committee Chairman and Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele, former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker and María Teresa Kumar, president of the Latino Vote organization.
Vanita Gupta, another member of the group and executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, called Republicans backing Trump’s demands “dangerous” and “incendiary,” according to the News 13 channel in central Florida. .
Gupta said they lead to “further polarization” between Trump supporters and President-elect Democrat Joe Biden.
“It may make it more difficult in the future to share and accept a common agenda that will benefit all Americans, and at this time of a global pandemic, which could actually put American lives at risk,” he said.
According to the group, the Presidential Transitional Act (PTA) provides funds for operations and requires the Government to support the incoming Administration with information, experience, direct assistance “necessary services and facilities”, including “adequate office space”.