On Tuesday, Donald Trump told reporters that “losing is never easy” for him and that he hadn’t prepared a concession speech to give in the event that he loses to his opponent Joe Biden, The Washington Examiner reported. He said that he hadn’t prepared an acceptance speech either.
The comments came during an appearance at the Republican National Committee’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Trump thanked his campaign staff and spoke about the expected outcome of the night.
“I’m not thinking about concession speech or acceptance speech yet,” Trump said. “Hopefully we’ll be only doing one of those two. Winning is easy. Losing is never easy. Not for me, it’s not.”
Traditionally, presidents offer a concession speech on the night of the election if there is a decisive winner. If not, a candidate will withhold their speech until a winner is decided. There aren’t any laws that specifically state a concession speech must happen, but it has been the tradition for the past century, starting when William Jennings Bryan conceded to William McKinley in 1896 via telegram, according to NPR.
Trump then went on to say that he’d seen a lot of enthusiasm at his campaign rallies and was feeling strong support from his voters, claiming that his rallies were unlike any the country has previously seen.
“When you see rallies, the likes of which, in the history of this country, probably in the history of the world, nobody’s ever seen before, there’s a tremendous love going on in this country. And there’s really a tremendous unity. There’s a tremendous unity.”
He reiterated his claim that voters are entitled to know who won the election by the end of the night on November 3 and said he believed he would have a large turnout in Arizona, Florida, and Texas.
The president also addressed reports that he sounded somewhat tired during an early morning interview with Fox & Friends on Tuesday. As The Inquisitr reported, Trump told the Fox hosts that he wouldn’t declare an early victory, as some media outlets had suggested, but would wait until a winner was declared. During the interview, some commented that he seemed more resigned or run-down than he has in recent days. Trump responded by saying that he had done numerous rallies in the past few days, with the last Tulsa rally finishing at 2 am.
He concluded his speech by telling his staffers that it had been an honor to work with them. The president is expected to spend the rest of the day at the White House awaiting the election results.