“The question for Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans tonight is whether they think their standardbearer Donald Trump should uphold a fundamental tenet of our democracy and honor the results of this election. Donald Trump’s claim that he will ‘keep us in suspense’ about whether he will respect voters’ decision on November 8th is as reckless as it is ridiculous, and Ryan needs to answer for the fact that his nominee is actively undermining our great nation and our precious democracy,” said Christie Stephenson of the DCCC.
Associated Press: Trump refuses to say he will accept election results
By Julie Pace & Lisa Lerer
October 19, 2016
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Threatening a fundamental pillar of American democracy, Donald Trump refused to say Wednesday night that he will accept the results of next month’s election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee declared Trump’s resistance “horrifying.”
Trump has spent the days leading up to third and final presidential debate warning voters that the election will be “rigged.” Asked whether he would accept the outcome if Clinton emerges victorious, he said, “I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.”
That contradicted pledges by his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, as well as his daughter, Ivanka.
Clinton, who began the debate with a lead in nearly all battleground states, forcefully accused Trump of favoring Russia’s leader over American military and intelligence experts after the Republican nominee pointedly refused to accept the U.S. government’s assertion that Moscow has sought to meddle in the U.S. election.
She charged that Russian President Vladimir Putin was backing Trump because “he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.”
Trump denied any relationship with Putin and said he would condemn any foreign interference in the election. But he notably declined to back the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia was involved in the hacking of Democratic organizations. The Clinton campaign has said the FBI also is investigating Russia’s involvement in the hacking of a top adviser’s emails.
The 90-minute contest in Las Vegas came just under three weeks before Election Day and with early voting underway in more than 30 states. Trump has struggled to expand his support beyond his most loyal backers and must reshape the race in its closing days if he hopes to defeat Clinton.
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