Para­noid Trump: Maybe I’ll re­ject will of the peo­ple

Para­noid Trump won’t com­mit to elex re­sult


DON­ALD TRUMP re­fused to prom­ise he’ll par­tic­i­pate in the peace­ful tran­si­tion of power in the fi­nal pres­i­den­tial de­bate Wed­nes­day, rais­ing the specter that he’ll un­der­cut Amer­ica’s most cru­cial demo­cratic tra­di­tion if he goes down in de­feat.

“I will look at it at the time. I’m not look­ing at any­thing now. I will look at it at the time. What I’ve seen is so bad,” he said on­stage in Las Ve­gas, re­peat­ing ear­lier claims of a “rigged” elec­tion be­fore paint­ing Clin­ton as a crook.

“She shouldn’t be al­lowed to vote. It’s crooked. She’s guilty of a very, very se­ri­ous crime. She should not be al­lowed to run. And just in that re­spect I say it’s rigged,” he con­tin­ued.

Trump re­fused to back down even when pressed by mod­er­a­tor Chris Wal­lace of Fox News about whether he’d ad­here to the prin­ci­ple of the “peace­ful tran­si­tion of power” that is the glue of democ­racy.

“What I’m say­ing is that I will tell you at the time. I will keep you in sus­pense,” Trump warned.

“That’s hor­ri­fy­ing,” Clin­ton re­sponded. “He is den­i­grat­ing, he is talk­ing down our democ­racy, and I for one am ap­palled that some­one who is the nom­i­nee of one of our two ma­jor par­ties would take that po­si­tion.”

Clin­ton pointed out that “ev­ery time Don­ald thinks things aren’t go­ing in his di­rec­tion” he starts com­plain­ing about a rigged sys­tem — from his Iowa cau­cus loss to at­tacks on the judge of Mex­i­can her­itage over­see­ing the fraud case against Trump Univer­sity all the way back to when “The Ap­pren­tice” didn’t win an Emmy.

“Should have got­ten it,” he said with a smirk.

Trump has talked about a rigged sys­tem and elec­tion with in­creas­ing vol­ume in re­cent days as his poll num­bers have con­tin­ued to nose­dive, weav­ing dark con­spir­acy the­o­ries that in­ter­na­tional bankers, the main­stream me­dia and Clin­ton are con­spir­ing to steal the elec­tion from him.

He ex­tended that ar­gu­ment to the many women who have come for­ward to ac­cuse him of un­wanted sex­ual ad­vances, sug­gest­ing that Clin­ton put them up to it.

“Those sto­ries have been largely de­bunked. Those peo­ple, I don’t know those peo­ple,” he said. “She men­tions this, which is all fic­tion, all fic­tion­al­ized, prob­a­bly or pos­si­bly started by her or her very sleazy cam­paign.”

When Clin­ton re­peated back at Trump his re­cent re­marks that they weren’t “at­trac­tive enough” to mo­lest, he claimed three times “I did not say that” — al­low­ing her to para­phrase his re­marks that one “would not be my first choice.”

The num­ber of women ac­cus­ing Trump con­tin­ues to grow: At­tor­ney Glo­ria Allred an­nounced in a press re­lease as the de­bate closed that yet an­other woman will come for­ward Thurs­day.

“Don­ald thinks be­lit­tling women makes him big­ger,” Clin­ton fired back. “He goes af­ter their dig­nity, their self-worth. There’s not a woman any­where who doesn’t know what that feels like.”

Trump’s stun­ning com­ments about re­fus­ing to ac­cept the elec­tion’s re­sults had his clos­est al­lies scram­bling to spin.

“Don­ald Trump will ac­cept the re­sults of the elec­tion be­cause he’s go­ing to win the elec­tion,” Trump cam­paign man­ager Kellyanne Con­way in­sisted on CNN just af­ter the de­bate con­cluded.

“He’ll ac­cept the re­sults of the elec­tion,” re­tired Gen. Michael Flynn claimed dur­ing a Bloomberg in­ter­view right af­ter­ward. “What he meant was . . . he’ll ac­cept the out­come.”

Trump started out strong, calmly talk­ing pol­icy and show­ing he’d done more de­bate prep than in pre­vi­ous rounds. But by the end, Clin­ton had clearly got­ten un­der his skin once again.

“Such a nasty woman,” he sniped near the de­bate’s end, in­ter­rupt­ing Clin­ton as she dis­cussed So­cial Se­cu­rity.

Even while talk­ing pol­icy, Trump gen­er­ated con­tro­versy with his rhetoric.

His dec­la­ra­tion that “We have some bad hom­bres here, and we’re go­ing to get them out” while talk­ing about un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants drew strong re­bukes on so­cial me­dia.

The two sparred hard on Rus­sia as well, with Trump deny­ing that he knew Rus­sian Pres­i­dent

I will look at it at the time. What I’ve seen is so bad. I will keep you in sus­pense. DON­ALD TRUMP

Vladimir Putin.

“I don’t know Putin. He says nice things about me. If we got along well, that would be good,” he said af­ter Clin­ton piv­oted off ques­tions about Wik­iLeaks emails that showed she dis­cussed open bor­ders in a pos­i­tive light to slam the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment for its med­dling in U.S. elec­tions.

When Clin­ton said Putin liked Trump be­cause he’d “rather have a pup­pet as Pres­i­dent,” he erupted.

“No pup­pet. No pup­pet. You’re the pup­pet! No, you’re the pup­pet!” he yelled over her.

He even sought to set­tle a score with Supreme Court Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg while an­swer­ing a ques­tion about fu­ture ju­di­cial ap­point­ments, blast­ing her “very in­ap­pro­pri­ate state­ments to­ward me” and claim­ing she’d been “forced to apol­o­gize.”

Trump and Clin­ton had clearly con­trast­ing goals as they took the stage.

Clin­ton took the stage feel­ing strongly con­fi­dent about her chances, with polls show­ing her with a solid lead na­tion­ally and in key swing states.

But her per­sonal pop­u­lar­ity re­mains weak, and she needed to not only dodge Trump’s grenades but give vot­ers a pos­i­tive rea­son to sup­port her as she looks to try to claim a post­elec­tion man­date to get any­thing done.

Trump has seemed more in­tent on ex­plain­ing away what’s look­ing like a likely loss and set­tling scores with his en­e­mies in re­cent days.

The pair once again didn’t shake hands as they took the stage in Las Ve­gas on Wed­nes­day.

Re­cent polling in­di­cates the race is all but over. Clin­ton has a na­tional lead in the up­per sin­gle dig­its in most sur­veys.

Tra­di­tion­ally Repub­li­can states like Ari­zona and Ge­or­gia sud­denly ap­pear to be in play, while tra­di­tional swing states like Vir­ginia have fallen off the map.

Even Trump’s clos­est al­lies are brac­ing for a loss, with Con­way say­ing re­cently that she was “mys­ti­fied” Clin­ton wasn’t up by more.

That’s hor­ri­fy­ing. He is den­i­grat­ing, he is talk­ing down our democ­racy, and I for one am ap­palled HIL­LARY CLIN­TON

Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton face off in Las Ve­gas in con­tentious fi­nal de­bate, in which the Repub­li­can claimed even the Em­mys were rigged against him.


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