At debate, Donald Trump refuses to say he’ll accept outcome of election

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Mark Ralston/Pool via AP)

Donald Trump has been quite clear as his poll numbers fall, that he will blame the media, the Democrats and some Republicans if he loses.

It’s a theory all wrapped up in his claim that the election is “rigged.” His claim has generated bipartisan opposition, as Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp pushed back on the notion (albeit without criticizing Trump) and even President Barack Obama told Trump to quit “whining.

Wednesday night in Las Vegas, at the final 2016 presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump about the charge. Trump did not back down.

“I will look at it at the time,” Trump said. “I’m not looking at anything now. What I’ve seen is so bad.”

He then slammed the media as “dishonest and so corrupt,” claiming voters’ minds are being “poisoned” by news outlets. He ended on an attack on Hillary Clinton.

“She shouldn’t be allowed to run,” he said. “She’s guilty of a very, very serious crime. She should not be able to run. Just in that respect, I say it’s rigged. She never should have been allowed to run.”

Wallace, however, pressed further.

“There is a tradition in this country, one of the prides of this country, a peaceful transfer of power,” Wallace said. “That the loser concedes to the winner. And the country comes together in part for the good of the country. Are you not prepared to follow that principle?”

Trump: “I’ll tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.”

Clinton pounced.

“That’s horrifying,” she said.

Trump, Clinton said, claims anything that goes against his wishes is rigged, whether it’s the FBI investigation into her handling of emails as secretary of state, primary results in states he lost, or a federal judge of Mexican decent assigned to handle a lawsuit against Trump University.

“He even said the Emmy’s were rigged against him,” she said. “This is his mindset. It’s funny but it’s also really troubling. That’s not how this democracy works.”

 

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