Hillary wins final round, Trump ‘may not’ accept election results
Donald Trump on Thursday threw hints that he might not accept defeat in the presidential polls, which he has been saying is “rigged” – stunning the political scene and threatening to overturn US’ democratic convention of a smooth transfer of power.
His stance drew a sharp attack from Hillary Clinton as the two faced off in the feisty final presidential debate, in which she was declared the winner.
The controversial 70-year-old Republican candidate maintained that he would keep the suspense about accepting the election result till November 8. “I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now,” he said in response to a question if he would accept the poll results, during the third presidential debate at the University of Nevada here.
“I will tell you at that time. I will keep you in suspense,” he said in the primetime debate that lasted for over 90 minutes, reiterating that the current elections are rigged.
“The media is so dishonest and so corrupt and the pile on is so amazing, The New York Times wrote an article about it. They don’t even care, it’s so dishonest, they’ve poisoned the minds of the voters, but unfortunately for them, I think the voters are seeing through it,” he said.
Trump’s comments at the Las Vegas showdown marked a stunning moment that has never been seen in the weeks before a modern US presidential election, CNN said. “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,” it said.
Trump’s remarks came after moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News said the peaceful transfer of power, a hallmark of American democracy, depended on the losing candidate accepting the validity of the electoral results.
Democratic nominee, Clinton, described her rival’s refusal to accept the outcome of the election as “horrifying”, and even went so far as to paint him as a “puppet” of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
“He is denigrating and he is talking down our democracy,” said the former secretary of state,” the 68-year-old former secretary of state said.
“And I, for one, am appalled that someone who is the nominee of one of two major parties would take that position,” she added.
“Every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction, he claims whatever it is is rigged against him,” said Clinton, adding that he had, at various times, accused the FBI, Republican primary process and judicial system of being corrupt.
“That is not the way our democracy works. 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. That is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election,” she said.
Trump, meanwhile, said American voters were wise enough to see through everything.
The bad blood between the two was unmistakable throughout their final head-to-head and pointedly there was no handshake before or after the contest.
According to CNN, Clinton emerged as winner in today’s debate with an impressive 13 percentage points lead.
Overall 52 per cent of those who watched the debate said Clinton did the best job, while 39 per cent said Trump was the winner, CNN said, releasing the results of its unscientific poll. Clinton has won all the three presidential debates. But the network noted that the victory margin was narrowest for Clinton in the third and final debate.
What They Said
'I was wondering what happened with my rally in Chicago and other rallies where we had such violence? She’s the one and Obama that caused the violence. They hired people'
'He istaking down our democracy... he would rather believe Putin than the military and civilian intelligence professionals who are sworn to protect us'