President Barack Obama said it’s not a joke, Hillary Clinton said it’s a threat to democracy, and first lady Michelle Obama said you don’t keep American democracy in suspense. But Donald Trump on Monday said it’s being overblown.
Indeed, the Republican presidential nominee on Monday morning said too much is being made about his refusal to say during the final presidential debate that he would accept the outcome of the election.
“Yes, I think too much is being made,” Trump told Bo Thompson on WBT-AM’s “Charlotte’s Morning News.” “But, you know, everybody had me winning the third debate and the second debate handily, easily. And when I made that statement, I made it knowingly, because what’s happening is absolutely ridiculous.”
After initially telling debate moderator Chris Wallace he would look at the results in November before determining whether he would accept the outcome, preferring to leave the nation “in suspense,” Trump teased his critics at an Ohio rally the next day, Oct. 20, by pledging to respect the results — “if I win.”
He later clarified that he would “of course” accept the outcome but maintained that he reserves his right to challenge “a questionable result.”