In a recent White House press conference, Donald Trump again declined to express support for a peaceful transfer of power after the election should he lose, saying “we’re going to have to see what happens.” This should have been a very easy question to answer, and the answer should have been “yes.” Trump then went on to spread doubt and lies about voting, saying “the ballots are a disaster.”

Everyone who wants to vote, should be able to vote -- that is democracy. Everyone should also be able to vote safely; this is a very reasonable expectation.

Sowing doubts about our election is irresponsible and this is yet another of the many times he has done this. I am very concerned about this, and I think every citizen should be, regardless of any party affiliation. No leader should say things like this. Spreading lies about the integrity of our elections is not a conservative value. Undermining democracy is not a conservative value.

I’m sure you share the same values as I do when it comes to our democracy, and we all need to stand up for them. We need to unite and trust each other and our democratic system.

Jesse Gilles

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