Even Far Right Conservatives Agree He 'Blew It'
Asked by Fox News host Chris Wallace if he will accept the results of the November general election, Donald Trump refused to say.
It was a stunning moment. The Republican nominee for president just told the American people that well over two centuries of the peaceful transfer of power is in jeopardy. It was, by definition, one of the most un-American statements anyone could make, certainly one of the most un-American ever by a presidential candidate.
When pressed on his answer, Trump told Wallace and the American people, "I will look at it at the time."
"What I'm saying is that I will tell you at the time," he continued. "I'll keep you in suspense," Trump said, almost in a joking manner.
The audience gasped.
Former McCain senior strategist Steve Schmidt on MSNBC announced it was "a disqualifying moment."
Trump's response was so damaging, even the far right thought so, and said so on Twitter. Some examples:
Pundit Hugh Hewitt:
Former Breitbart editor-at-large, far right pundit:
Trump's answer on "rigging" will the the takeaway moment. He absolutely blew it. https://t.co/8QRnWjQpUa— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 20, 2016
Top Republican pollster:
Other responses, from not far-right conservatives, via Twitter:
Wallace asks if he will accept the results of the election. Trump: “I’ll look at it at the time”. This is banana republic behavior.— (((Megan McArdle))) (@asymmetricinfo) October 20, 2016
"I'll look at it at the time."— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) October 20, 2016
YOU ARE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT YOU PIECE OF SHIT
"I will look at it at the time" and may not respect the election results. --the nominee of the Party of Lincoln. #TearsforLincoln— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) October 20, 2016
The answer "I will look at it at the time" is the worst thing you can say about whether you will honor the election outcome.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 20, 2016
Sean Spicer says the RNC will accept the results of the election— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) October 20, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump saying that he might not accept election results is beyond the pale— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) October 20, 2016
UPDATE II 11:12 PM EDT –
My thoughts on a 'rigged' presidential election. pic.twitter.com/075n83NXMH— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 20, 2016
This AP lede. pic.twitter.com/tfFCa7tbze— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) October 20, 2016
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