The Republican presidential candidate said a lot of insane things in final presidential debate last night, but one thing in particular is causing a lot of stress throughout the political world.
The Republican nominee said that he will wait and see how the election turns out before deciding whether to accept the results. That stance, coupled with his recent unfounded conclusion that the election is “rigged” against him, is setting up for an interesting time in November.
Trump’s refusal, which his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton called “horrifying,” was the standout remark of their third and final debate and ratcheted up claims he has made for weeks that the election was rigged against him.
Asked by moderator Chris Wallace whether Trump would not commit to a peaceful transition of power, the businessman-turned-politician replied: “What I’m saying is that I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense. Ok?”
Trump’s statement may appeal to his anti-establishment followers, but it was unlikely to reverse opinion polls that show him losing, including in key states that will decide the election.
“That is not the way our democracy works,” Clinton said during the debate. “We’ve been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them. And that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election.”0