Trump says he may not accept election result
Remark sends shockwaves across the political spectrum
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.
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