With the November election less than a month away, President Donald Trump has refused to say whether or not he'd accept the results of the 2020 election if he loses.
Trump, who is favored to lose the election by nearly every measure, said that the only way Democratic nominee Joe Biden could defeat him is if the election is rigged. He's also said that he believes the election would be decided by the Supreme Court instead of the voters.
The peaceful transfer of power between presidents is a key ingredient to the longevity of American democracy, but Trump has signaled it's a sacred process that he's willing to break.
Conservative network Fox News is already attempting to soften the fallout of the unprecedented move by blaming Trump's predecessor, former President Barack Obama.
The hosts of Fox & Friends were minimizing Russia's efforts to assist Donald Trump in the 2016 election, highlighting intelligence memos that they falsely implied proved Russian election interference was a political maneuver by then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Cohost Ainsley Earhardt then said that the Obama administration's investigation into this interference was tantamount to a refusal of a peaceful transfer.
"We keep hearing everyone say peaceful transition of power. And that's what's supposed to happen from one president to the next. But that's not at all what happened, according to these documents. There was so much chaos, and you hear from the Democrats we need peaceful transition. And they did not allow that to happen in 2016 and 2017."
Soon, Trump was parroting the talking point himself.
On Inauguration Day in January of 2017, the Obamas welcomed then-President elect Donald Trump and Melania Trump at the White House, attended his inauguration, and vacated the premises under a new President, continuing a peaceful transfer of power that's endured for centuries in the United States.
Earhardt was lying.
Meanwhile, the fear of Trump breaking with over two centuries of precedent is still very real.
The presidential election is on November third.