Trump doubles down: Will only accept election results “if he wins”

Donald Trump just doubled down on last night’s shocking statement that he will not promise to accept the results of the November election, should he lose.

At a rally in Ohio, Trump just said that he will only accept the results of the election “if I win.”

Trump now treating this issue as a joke will do little to quell growing concerns among Republicans, and the media, that Trump is unhinged, and leading the country to a Constitutional crisis.

First, here’s Trump last night, refusing to say whether he’d accept the results of the election:

Now, here is Trump just moments ago, reiterating that he will only accept the election results “if he wins.”

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15 Responses to “Trump doubles down: Will only accept election results “if he wins””

  1. Rainbird says:

    He had just seen Bernie get screwed out of a nomination. He is right to not trust his competitor after that.

  2. Bill_Perdue says:

    H Clinton, a Dixiecrat, and her Dixiecrat, aka, Republican, supporters are frothing at the mouth at the extent of the Wikileaks revelations.

    Poor, poor Hillary.

  3. Phil in FLL says:

    Fake-Leftist-Conservatrolls™ are clearly preparing their support of Senator John McCain’s threatened filibuster of any Supreme Court nomination Hillary makes. Hmmm. Talking out of both sides of their mouth. On the one hand, Fake-Leftist-Conservatrolls™ claim that Supreme Court justices “make no difference.” One the other hand, they will cheer on Republican filibusters of any nominations, hoping to keep the Supreme Court from tipping progressive. By the way, I predict McCain’s expected filibuster will fail.

  4. Bill_Perdue says:

    What Trump says matters little. What does matter is the voluminous political ammunition provided by Wikileaks, more than enough to sink a Clinton regime which, if elected, will swing right and return to its central goals of servicing the banksters, busting union, enforcing institutionalized, giving murderous cops a pass and provoking wars of aggression.

    “The Australian hacker-turned-journalist became an international hero for free speech and government transparency in 2010 when he published through WikiLeaks, an organization he co-founded, a quartet of award-winning disclosures revealing the U.S. military behaving far worse in its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq than it had admitted and U.S. State Department officials speaking frankly about their allies and intentions around the globe.”

  5. Phil in FLL says:

    Yes, the job you describe after the election is a necessary one, but it’s a tall order. At a minimum, we would have to get Trump’s hardcore supporters to accept the fact that they are going to be living in a multi-racial society in which nonwhites have equal rights under the law. Trump’s hardcore supporters refuse to accept that premise yet, hence the reason for his campaign, which has centered around barring and deporting mixed-race Mexican immigrants and encouraging police violence against African-Americans. As I said, the post-election job you describe is a tall order, and if it doesn’t happen, a white nationalist party will probably splinter off from the present Republican Party (cheered on by the newly formed Trump-Breitbart News Network).

  6. Zorba says:

    I know third graders more mature than he is.
    A sad commentary on our country that he has come so far, with as many supporters as he has.

  7. Zorba says:

    George Carlin said this years ago:

    Basically, we get the types of politicians we deserve.
    Get out there, get active, vote, support the people who reflect your values, talk to your friends and neighbors.
    And if we don’t, then it’s on us.

  8. mf_roe says:

    Trump has served one purpose this campaign that I appreciate, he has served as a litmus test for competency of the electorate. Support of Trump is proof of either ignorance or stupidity on the part of the voter. Unfortunately, the stupid are unreachable and are always with us. But the ignorant are salvageable, IF we can get them to listen to reason. I have no hope that this will happen before the election, but it will be the most important task once the votes are cast.

    If reasonable people fail to reach out and change the attitudes that have allowed such a complete clown to get this close to power we will live to regret it. There will be a new demagogue after Trump, that is certain. The repugs will be reduced to anything that will allow them to recover from the damage Trump’s Freak Show has wrought. Trump has prepared the ground unless we change the attitudes of the a large percentage of American voters we will see his heir in 2020.

  9. Jon Erickson says:

    I am not so worried about Donald. I am worried about his followers who will think they do not have to concede the election. I feel the need to get a concealed-carry permit because those people may be willing to do the violence they have been encouraged to do for the last year or so.

  10. Houndentenor says:

    38% of likely voters think he’s a valid candidate. Everyone else not so much.

  11. woodroad34 says:

    He doesn’t know from “gracious”. He’ll be the spoiled little boy kicking and screaming because no one cares if he was able to take his first poop all by himself.

  12. gratuitous says:

    Gee, Donald must be just the cleverest boy in third grade. So witty.

  13. Badgerite says:

    In a lot of quarters, even Republican quarters, he isn’t.

  14. Phil in FLL says:

    I don’t think this would precipitate a constitutional crisis. There is no legal requirement that the losing candidate must concede, that is to say, there is nothing in writing anywhere on the subject. It is only a custom, but it’s a custom that has always been kept—for the entire 240 years of the republic. If Hillary wins in the electoral college, the process of her becoming president would proceed as usual, even without Trump’s concession.

  15. Quilla says:

    So…why is he still a “valid” candidate?

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