Donald Trump: ‘I will totally accept’ election results ‘if I win’
On Thursday, Donald Trump stated that he will accept the results of next month’s election if he wins.
He argued that he was asked to “waive” his right to contest the election after critics blamed him for refusing to pledge to accept the results of the election the previous night during the final presidential debate.
“I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to 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,” Trump told supporters here in his first comments since the final debate.
After raising concerns about voter fraud — instances of which are extremely rare — Trump also pledged to accept “a clear election result.”
“Of course, I would accept a clear election result, but I would also reserve my right to contest or file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result,” Trump said. “And always, I will follow and abide by all of the rules and traditions of all of the many candidates who have come before me. Always.”
The Indiana Gov. Mike Pence during a speech in Nevada stated the following:
“Of course, we will accept a clear election result, but we also reserve the right to contest or file a legal challenge in the case of questionable results.”
The remarks that Trump made on Thursday were aimed at the outrage he caused the previous night as Republicans and Democrats alike balked at Trump’s response that “I will look at it at the time,” when asked if he would concede the election should he lose on November 8.
But since he refused to promise outright that he will abide by the results of the election, Trump caused a suspicion that his underdog candidacy could be defeated by below-board behavior.
“I will keep you in suspense,” he added during the debate.
He also stated that the only reason why he refused to make a blanket statement concerning the results of the election because he wants “fairness during the election.”
“This is having nothing to do with me but having to do with the future of our country. We have to have fairness,” he said.
Trump compared the current “rigged” elections with the 2000 election, when Al Gore sought a recount in several counties after the results of the election in Florida were very tight.
“If Al Gore or George Bush had agreed three weeks before the election to concede results and waived their right to a legal challenge or a recount then there would be no Supreme Court case,” Trump said.
Back then neither Bush nor Gore raised concerns about the legitimacy of the electoral process, neither before nor after Election Day. And a day after the Supreme Court ruled, Gore called Bush to concede.
Trump stated that he will accept the results only if he wins, but this statement could have gone differently on Thursday, based on prepared remarks the Trump campaign released after his speech concluded.
The remarks of that “major announcement” offered a similar, and seemingly more lighthearted, pledge labeled “ALTERNATE.”
“I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters, and to all of the people of the United States, that when the results come in on election night, I will accept — without delay or hesitation — the concession speech of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” read the alternate text of Trump’s pledge.
After being accused of ‘groping’ women, Trump started claiming that the elections are ‘rigged’. But, even months before these accusations he warned his supporters that the election could be stolen, urging them to be vigilant on Election Day and watch for cases of voter fraud, which are extremely rare in the US.