Republican candidate Donald Trump refused to commit that he would accept the results of the November 8 U.S. elections if he loses, Reuters is reporting. When Chris Wallace of the final presidential debate asked the 70-year-old business man turned politician if he would respect the outcome of the elections, Trump failed to take a stand.
“What I am saying is that I will tell you at the time. I will keep you in suspense. Ok?”
Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton argued that the U.S. was a custodian of democracy and steeped in values of holding free and fair elections, pointing out that Donald Trump was putting himself before the good of the country.
‘That is not the way our democracy works. 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.”
Trump had ratcheted up accusations last week about the elections being rigged without presenting an iota of evidence. The businessman who has never held political office tweeted Sunday that “Crooked Hillary was in cahoots with media allies to deny the American people their right to vote. President Obama had called the claims on Tuesday “irresponsible and unprecedented,” adding that it undermined the democratic process of the American nation.
Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka had said her father would accept the results of the elections. His running mate, Mike Pence had revealed “we will absolutely accept the result of the election,” describing the peaceful transition of power as a trademark of American history.
U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan revealed he was positive about the states carrying out the November elections with honor and transparency. However, the presidential nominee for the Republican Party remained adamant about the electoral process Wednesday, claiming that many polling places had been comprised.
Trump’s controversial statement may be challenging the foundation of American democracy and sending shock waves all over the political landscape, but his followers have shown support. This is a move most observers find worrying because it could easily lead to the breakdown of law and order if Trump supporters believe they are being disenfranchised by the system.
This is not the first time Trump has said that the electoral process has been rigged. He claimed that the system was against him during the Republican nominating contests arguing over the model used for winning delegates.
After the first presidential debate, Trump had said he would “absolutely” accept the outcome of the November elections. However, days later the 70-year-old businessman turned politician said, “We are going to see what happens.” The Republican presidential nominee has continued to rally his supporters telling them to monitor voting locations and help stop a “stolen” election.
During the debate, Hillary Clinton pounced hard on Trump for his anti-democratic stance, describing him as a grouch who always felt cheated when things did not go according to plan for him.
“This is how Donald thinks, and it’s funny, but it’s also troubling. That is not the way our democracy works. He’s talking down our democracy. I for one am appalled that somebody who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position.”
The third and final debate which was held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas saw the two political rivals again refusing to shake hands like they did in St. Louis, Missouri. The two presidential potentials toned down the insults of the previous debate, focusing more on policy, but still lashed out viciously at each other during proceedings.
Trump called Clinton “such a nasty woman” and labeled her foundation, a criminal and hypocritical enterprise. The 68-year-old Democratic nominee called Donald Trump, a “Vladimir Putin’s puppet” who threw a tantrum when his reality show The Apprentice was denied an Emmy Award.
A CNN/ORC poll claims that 52 percent believe that Hillary Clinton won, whereas 39 percent opined that Donald Trump did better at the final debate before the elections.
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