Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has suggested that the upcoming election is “rigged” against him, has declined to say whether he will accept the results of the vote, saying “I will look at it at the time.”
Trump, who is behind in the polls, made the comments on Wednesday night during the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas. When asked whether he would echo his running mate’s commitment to accept the election result, he declined to do so.
“I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now, I’ll look at it at the time. What I’ve seen is so bad,” Trump said. He went on to accuse the media of being biased against him, suggested widespread voter fraud and said his opponent, Hillary Clinton, shouldn’t have been allowed to run for the White House.
“She shouldn’t be allowed to run. She’s guilty of a very, very serious crime,” Trump said, referring to Clinton’s use of a private email server while working as secretary of state. “She should not be allowed to run and just in that respect, I say, it’s rigged, because she should never have been allowed to run for the presidency based on what she did with emails and so many other things.”
Clinton, responding to Trump’s remarks, called his comments “horrifying” and pointed out that he has repeatedly called institutions “rigged” when the results were unfavorable for him.
“This is a mindset. This is how Donald thinks. And it’s funny, but it’s also really troubling. That is not the way our democracy worked,” Clinton said. “We’ve been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them and that’s what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election.”
Clinton added: “President Obama said the other day, when you’re whining before the game is even finished, it just shows you’re not up to doing the job, and let’s be clear what he is saying and what that means. He is denigrating, he’s talking down our democracy and I, for one, am appalled that somebody who is the nominee of one of our major parties would take that kind of position.”
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