Donald Trump: Sure, I'll Accept Election Results—'If I Win'

'We have to have fairness'
By Daniel Kay,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2016 12:51 PM CDT
Donald Trump: Sure, I'll Accept Election Results—'If I Win'
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at the Delaware County Fair, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Delaware, Ohio.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

During Wednesday night's debate, Donald Trump refused to say he'd accept the outcome on Election Day, saying instead he preferred to keep us in suspense. In his first public comments since, the AP reports that Trump doubled down thusly while campaigning in Ohio on Thursday: "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," Trump said. He waited a few seconds, then added the caveat, "If I win."

He pointed to the 2000 election, saying "if Al Gore or George Bush had agreed three weeks before the election to concede the results, and waive their right to a legal challenge, or a recount, then there would be no Supreme Court case." Trump went on to say, "We want 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 also dinged Clinton for "cheating," and questioned whether she should "resign from the race." (George HW Bush's 1993 letter to Bill Clinton is going viral.)

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