Arkansas’ GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday it’s “not helpful” when President Donald Trump vents on Twitter about the upcoming presidential election, asserting he must accept the election results.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Hutchinson said he understands Trump’s concerns but that they should be expressed more thoughtfully.
“It's not helpful for the president to think out loud in a public fashion and express some frustration,” Hutchinson said. “It's got to be thorough a process.”
And, the governor insisted, “there shouldn't be any change in the date of the election.”
“That is historic. It is constitutional and it is required. And it's up to the states to conduct fair elections with integrity,” he said.
“I know it's frustrating for the president,” he added. “I identify with that in terms of risky voting procedures that is not carefully controlled and manipulation. But one thing the United States is known for is a smooth elections. It's known for having a process that people feel comfortable participating in, and accepting those results. And that is what should happen this year.”
Hutchinson noted that means Trump should accept the election results no matter the outcome.
“The president should accept the results just like presidents in the past have accepted the results,” he said.
“There is always issues that happen that are appropriate to reserve to seeing what the situation is,” he explained, pointing to the 2007 disputed election between George Bush and Al Gore.
“But we shouldn't be fretting about it in advance. Let's work hard to make sure it's a safe and secure election and let's do our job and we hope and have confidence that will be the case,” Hutchinson said.
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