Donald Trump opened the door Thursday to the possibility he’ll contest the results of the presidential election if there’s a “questionable result,” teasingly promising to fully accept the outcome “if I win.”
“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. Then after letting that vow hang in the air for a few seconds, he added, “If I win.”
Trump’s campaign was reeling from near-universal astonishment over his refusal to commit to the time-honored American tradition of the election’s loser acceding gracefully to the winner. Trump has warned repeatedly of impending, widespread voter fraud, despite no evidence to support him and plenty of evidence to the contrary.
Asked at the debate whether he’d accept the outcome, Trump said: “I will tell you at the time. I will keep you in suspense.”