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Bernie Sanders. Photo: Tim Vizer/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in an interview with Politico on Friday warned that Americans must ready themselves for the possibility that President Trump will refuse to leave office even if he loses November's election.

What he's saying: "Trump was saying ... ‘the only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election,’" Sanders recalled, alluding to Trump comments from the Republican National Convention. "Now he is making that statement at a time when virtually every national poll has him behind."

  • Sanders also suggested that comments made during Trump's Fox News interview with Chris Wallace in July could signal the president's unwillingness to concede.
    • Trump told Wallace when asked whether he'd accept the election results, "I have to see. Look, you — I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time, either."

What to watch: Sanders plans to "alert the American people about what that nightmarish scenario might look like in order to prepare them for that possibility and talk about what we do if that happens."

  • The senator is calling on journalists and social media companies to inform people that election results could come days, if not weeks, after November 3, given the anticipated surge in mail-in voting due to the pandemic
  • He's also calling on state legislatures to allow elections workers to start counting mail-in ballots prior to the election.

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Georgia election official to Trump: Condemn “potential acts of violence”

Gabriel Sterling. Photo: Jessica McGowan via Getty

Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting implementation manager, called on President Trump and the state's Republican senators to denounce threats against election workers in a press conference on Tuesday.

Why it matters: State election workers have been the recipients of death threats after conspiracy theorists shared false videos about the election results on social media. Trump and his allies continue to claim widespread election fraud took place in the state.

Chris Krebs hints at legal action against Trump campaign lawyer who suggested he be 'shot'

Former CISA director Chris Krebs is hinting at legal action against Trump campaign lawyer Joe DiGenova, who suggested Krebs should be "taken out at dawn and shot."

Driving the news: Krebs, who led efforts on election cybersecurity, was fired last month by President Trump following the 2020 elections. The former director has since spoken out against baseless claims from the president and the Trump campaign that elections systems were rigged in favor of now President-elect Joe Biden.

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