Final debate adds little odds to Trump victory
USA - US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial statement that he may not concede the election results if he loses will not help him gain ground as the clock ticks toward the November election, experts said.
“I’ll tell you at the time,” Trump said in response to a question whether he would concede the election if he loses. “I’ll keep you in suspense, ok?” The statement came at the third and final debate between Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton Wednesday night, in which Trump repeated his complaints that the election is rigged against him. While the statement may gain applause from Trump’s core supporters, it will do nothing to help him appeal to moderates at a time when he needs to create a broader base of support. Trump has been trailing Clinton by big margins in some recent national polls. Trump “made a big mistake in not saying he would accept the election outcome,” said Darrell West, vice president and director of governance studies of the Brookings Institution. “Even his daughter Ivanka has said he should do this. Many people will condemn him for this basic disrespect of democratic elections,” West told Xinhua. Dan Mahaffee, an analyst with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, echoed that thought. “The manner in which Trump doubted the legitimacy of the election... will continue to alienate educated, moderate voters,” he told Xinhua. Trump’s general performance in the debate has also been questioned by some. Christopher Galdieri, assistant professor at Saint Anselm College, said that the third debate gives each candidate a final chance to restate their case against their opponent. “But I don’t think Trump did much to help himself or hurt Clinton in this debate,” he said. On the whole, Trump did nothing to change the campaign narrative and Clinton made no major mistakes in the debate, West said. During the debate, Trump became somewhat combative, claiming that “this country is going to be in some mess” if Clinton becomes president. He also said that in 30 years of politics, Clinton has done nothing but talk. “But you don’t get anything done, Hillary,” he said. Wednesday night was also a test of whether Trump could appear presidential, as many moderates remain unsure about whether they could see him in the White House.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton(R) participate in the third and final presidential debate at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.(Photo: Xinhua)