‘We’re going to have to see what happens’
At a news conference last night, President Trump refused to endorse a “peaceful” transfer of power if he loses the election in November, responding to the question with a noncommittal, “We’re going to have to see what happens.” The prospect of a contested election result is a major risk for businesses, markets and the economy, already factoring into some deal makers’ plans.
“There won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation,” Mr. Trump said when asked about whether he would accept the result if he lost. He again raised concerns about the reliability of mail-in ballots, without citing evidence.
It might be more than rhetoric. In The Atlantic’s current cover story — “The Election That Could Break America” — Barton Gellman reports, citing unnamed sources, that Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign has held discussions with state officials about potentially bypassing election results:
According to sources in the Republican Party at the state and national levels, the Trump campaign is discussing contingency plans to bypass election results and appoint loyal electors in battleground states where Republicans hold the legislative majority. With a justification based on claims of rampant fraud, Trump would ask state legislators to set aside the popular vote and exercise their power to choose a slate of electors directly. The longer Trump succeeds in keeping the vote count in doubt, the more pressure legislators will feel to act before the safe-harbor deadline expires.
Hot button issue
Members of a union representing workers at Kroger-owned supermarkets in the Seattle area have filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board, arguing that managers improperly forbade them from wearing Black Lives Matter buttons. It’s one of many companies dealing with the thorny issues around social, political and protest symbols in the workplace.
The union argues that buttons are legally protected guild insignia. The U.F.C.W. 21 union spokesman Tom Geiger told DealBook that Kroger’s claim about its dress code was unfounded. “The union for years has had and produced buttons that members have worn without interference,” he said. Kroger, the largest U.S. supermarket operator, announced a $5 million fund in June to “support the advancement of racial equity and justice.” Kroger did not respond to a request for comment.
How other companies are addressing this question: Some have created their own insignia that employees can wear to ensure consistency — and a measure of control — of potentially contentious messages, with mixed results. One of the Kroger-owned chains designed wristbands for employees to wear to show their allyship, with messages like “Standing Together.”