Trump will honour poll result — if he wins
22 October, 2016, 12:00 am
WASHINGTON/DELAWARE, Ohio – US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said yesterday he would accept the result of the November 8 election — “if I win” — fuelling Republican concerns his stance would make it harder for his party to maintain control of Congress.
His refusal to commit to accepting the election outcome was the standout remark of the third and final 2016 presidential debate between Mr Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night.
It ratcheted up Mr Trump’s allegations the election was being rigged against him, and became the latest flashpoint in an unusually acrimonious race three weeks before voters go to the polls. Ms Clinton called the comment “horrifying”.
President Barack Obama blasted Mr Trump yesterday at a rally in Miami Gardens, Florida, for Ms Clinton and US Representative Patrick Murphy, who is trying to unseat Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a Trump supporter.
“That is dangerous. Because when you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people’s minds about the legitimacy of the elections, that undermines our democracy. Then you’re doing the work of our adversaries for them,” Mr Obama said.
Mr Trump modified his comment at a rally in Ohio on Thursday, but did not back off.
“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,” he said.