Trump says he’ll ac­cept elec­tion re­sults ‘if I win’

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON (AP): ONALD TRUMP opened the door yes­ter­day to the pos­si­bil­ity he would con­test the re­sults of the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion if there is a “ques­tion­able re­sult”, teas­ingly promis­ing to fully ac­cept the out­come “if I win”.

The Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee said he was re­serv­ing his right to “con­test or file a le­gal chal­lenge” if he loses. The com­ments came a day af­ter he sent shock­waves through the cam­paign by say­ing in the fi­nal de­bate that he might not ac­cept the re­sults. Yet he brushed off the like­li­hood of that hap­pen­ing with a con­fi­dent pre­dic­tion that “we’re not go­ing to lose”.

“I would like to prom­ise and pledge to all of my vot­ers and sup­port­ers and to all of the peo­ple of the United States that I will to­tally ac­cept the re­sults of this great and his­toric pres­i­den­tial elec­tion,” Trump said. Then af­ter let­ting that vow hang in the air for a few sec­onds, he added, “If I win”.

Trump’s cam­paign was reel­ing from near-uni­ver­sal as­ton­ish­ment

DRepub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump ges­tures as he ar­rives to speak at a cam­paign rally at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio, yes­ter­day. over his re­fusal to com­mit to the time-hon­oured Amer­i­can tra­di­tion of the elec­tion’s loser ac­ced­ing grace­fully to the win­ner. Trump has warned re­peat­edly of im­pend­ing, wide­spread voter fraud, de­spite no evidence to sup­port him and plenty of evidence to the con­trary.

MAIN­TAIN­ING SUS­PENSE

Asked at the de­bate whether he would ac­cept the out­come, Trump said: “I will tell you at the time. I will keep you in sus­pense.”

As he en­tered the cam­paign’s fi­nal stretch yes­ter­day, Trump tried to turn the ta­bles on Hil­lary Clin­ton by ac­cus­ing her of “cheat­ing” and ques­tion­ing whether Clin­ton should “re­sign from the race”.

He cited a hacked email that showed Clin­ton’s cam­paign was tipped off about a ques­tion she’d be asked in a town hall meet­ing dur­ing the Demo­cratic pri­mary.

“Can you imag­ine if I got the ques­tions? They would call for the re-es­tab­lish­ment of the elec­tric chair, do you agree?” Trump asked sup­port­ers at a rally in Ohio.

AP

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