So, anyway, after spending the last several days sounding the alarm about potential voter fraud and how the election is “rigged”, the latest Donald Trump controversy that emerged from Wednesday’s big debate is how he wouldn’t commit to accepting the results of the election.
So that set up his big announcement today, in which Trump went before a rally full of people and announced that he will absolutely accept the results of the presidential election… “if I win!”
I think Trump played the media here. The freak-out media-cycle reaction to all of Trump’s “rigged” election talk, plus all this coverage today, has simply meant more free publicity for the Donald on the nightly news and on cable TV. It’s more domination of the news cycle by Trump. For better or for worse, this has been going on all campaign long.
Moreover, as Mika Brzezinski pointed out on Morning Joe, it’s the Democrats who look hypocritical in their freak-out reaction to this issue because, frankly, if anyone has had trouble accepting election results, it’s THEM.
2000: Al Gore challenges the Florida results in court, and the presidential election isn’t settled for weeks;
2004: John Kerry campaign takes several hours to accept the results in Ohio before finally conceding; lots of talk from Democrats afterwards about how the voting machines were rigged for Bush.
It’s not only Trump who has trouble accepting results, then.
Well, why the heck should Trump want to accept defeat in advance of the election, anyway? Isn’t he about “winning”, and doesn’t he want to “Make America Great Again”?