Republicans slam Trump for questioning election

  • Republicans slam Trump for questioning election

Republicans slam Trump for questioning election

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves to the audience as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump puts his notes away after the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

Donald Trump said Thursday he would accept a "clear" presidential election result but reserved the right to launch a legal challenge, casting the United States into uncharted political waters and his campaign deeper into disarray.

Trump's response? "I'll keep you in suspense".

This was a stunning moment. The stance threatens to cast doubt on one of the fundamental principles of American politics - the peaceful, undisputed transfer of power from one president to a successor who is recognized as legitimate after winning an election. At the debate, he said he would have to wait and see what the results were. And he referred to Clinton as a "nasty woman".

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As the debate went on, Trump knocked the voice of campaign manager Kellyanne Conway out of his head and returned to the sniffling, face crunching, rude somebody we've known him to be. He has encouraged his fervent followers to engage in violence and to threaten and intimidate voters on Election Day.

Rigged elections and voter fraud: Trump says his claims of voter fraud are backed by a Pew Center study that estimates almost one in eight voter registrations are inaccurate. The Clinton campaign has also said the FBI is investigating Russia's involvement in the hacking of a top adviser's emails. We are not, and our 240 years as a republic are a testament to that fact.

"We do know how to conduct elections", he added. We've accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them. "He is denigrating, he is talking down our democracy". The comments came a day after he sent shockwaves through the campaign by saying in the final debate that he might not accept the results.

Just before Trump said that, Clinton seemed to get under his skin. Clinton used positive words more and negative words less than Trump in all three of their face-offs.

Did this debate help to turn pale colors on the swing-state map to brighter reds or blues? Trump backed Supreme Court justices who would overturn the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling, while Clinton vowed to appoint justices that would uphold the decision legalizing abortion, saying, "We have come too far to have that turned back now". When Hillary suggested Trump is "cavalier" about nuclear weapons he finally leaned in and said it: "Wrong".

Experts say that Trump appeared more in control of his temper this time, and the debate provided a "full measure of both candidates and who stands for what". In an interview earlier this week, Melania Trump said her husband apologized to her.

"I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election if I win", he said.

"That's not the way our democracy works", she said. "He is not my best friend", said Trump. Clinton, who had alleged that Russia did not want her to be US President, reiterated her charge that the Russian government was engaging in "espionage against Americans". "And boy was he right", Trump said. Trump said Clinton should not have been allowed to run for president, given her "crimes" using a private email server.

Joining magazines like Wired and Foreign Policy, Vogue has decided to make its first-ever presidential endorsement, throwing its backing to Clinton over Trump. The leak of a 2005 hot-mic video two days before the second debate in which Trump bragged about being able to grope women led to Clinton's biggest single-day gain of the past four weeks.

"Hillary Clinton nearly certainly will win the election, but the question is what is going to be the effect on Republican Senate, House and other candidates", said Robert Erikson, a political science professor at Columbia University. "I watched. She was very, very angry when upheld".

The tone of the debate - unusually substantial at the start - never recovered once the atmosphere became charged. She continued to explain her plan for social security demonstrating her strength as a leader.

Mr. Trump couldn't contain himself while the Democrat was speaking - what else is new - and he chimed in saying "such a nasty woman." UGH!