Trump says he may not ac­cept elec­tion re­sult

Re­mark sends shock­waves across the political spec­trum

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

REUTERS/ Repub­li­can candidate Don­ald Trump on Wed­nes­day would not com­mit to ac­cept­ing the out­come of the Novem­ber 8 US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion if he loses, chal­leng­ing a cor­ner­stone of Amer­i­can democ­racy and send­ing shock­waves across the political spec­trum.

Trump’s re­fusal, which his Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton called “hor­ri­fy­ing”, was the stand­out re­mark of the 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 he 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 is 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.

/REUTERS

Demo­cratic US pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton ac­knowl­edges a mem­ber of the au­di­ence as she walks off the de­bate stage as Repub­li­can US pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump re­mains at his podium af­ter their third and fi­nal pres­i­den­tial cam­paign de­bate at UNLV in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada, on Wed­nes­day

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