Democrats on social media sounded off in anger after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a contentious exchange with reporters “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
Pompeo chuckled right after the line and it’s not clear if he was joking.
He the continued by saying “We’re ready. The world is watching what’s taking place. We’re gonna count all the votes. When the process is complete, there’ll be electors selected. There’s a process. The Constitution lays it out pretty clearly. The world should have every confidence that the transition necessary to make sure that the State Department is functional today … and successful with a president who’s in office on Jan. 20, a minute after noon, will also be successful.”
— The Hill (@thehill) November 10, 2020
Whether or not Pompeo was joking, Democrats on social media fumed at the remark.
Here is just a small sample.
Asked if @StateDept is going to be engaging with the Biden transition team, Pompeo responds: “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
This is incredibly reckless, dangerous, and damaging to US security. https://t.co/0zdxUbcIOj
— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) November 10, 2020
BREAKING: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just said, "there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration."
Are you kidding me? The Secretary of State is helping Trump orchestrate a coup while the GOP watches on.
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) November 10, 2020
Is he attempting a coup???!!!
— Alabaster Cold (@AlabasterCold) November 10, 2020
When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” he wasn’t joking. He was desensitizing the media and the American people to an ongoing coup attempt. He made a mockery of our free and fair elections and our democracy.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) November 10, 2020
Is this what a coup looks like?
— B (@ButHerEmailssss) November 10, 2020
— SZB (@Ilikesafin) November 10, 2020
Corrupt at every level
— Dan_Stu (@stu_dan) November 10, 2020
— BAH JAKEBUG (@JAKECOTCenter) November 10, 2020
This rhetoric is going to cause a civil war. We will not stand by and watch a wannabe dictator steal our democracy.
— Jason Chapman (@jchapman06) November 10, 2020
This is insanity
— SauceBawse (@DWaibs) November 10, 2020