Donald Trump said during the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday that he may not accept the outcome of the November 8 election if it doesn’t go his way.
‘I will tell you at the time. I will keep you in suspense,’ Trump told Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace after he was pressed to declare that he would concede to Hillary Clinton if he loses.
Trump, who didn’t shake Clinton’s hand after the debate, revived charges that the election is ‘rigged’ in her favor by ‘dishonest’ reporters — and doubled down on allegations that voter fraud could run rampant.
He said ‘millions’ of people are on voter rolls ‘who shouldn’t be registered.’ News reports and independent investigations have found deceased Americans with active registrations, along with illegal immigrants who use driver’s licenses to obtain ballots. …
Trump was overall the stronger performer, dominating Clinton with the kind of emotional pressure that could drive undecided voters to side with strength instead of bureaucratese. …
The evening’s first fireworks erupted over immigration, but the tensest moment came during a discussion about claims by nine women that Trump manhandled them over the past three decades.
‘Those stories have been largely debunked,’ the Republican nominee said. ‘I think it was her campaign that did it. I didn’t even apologize to my wife, who is sitting right here, because I didn’t do anything! … These stories have been largely debunked … [and were] probably or possibly started by her and her very sleazy campaign. …
Trump also criticized the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation for what he said was a scheme to accept contributions from nations that expected preferential treatment from Mrs. Clinton when she was secretary of state.
‘It is a criminal enterprise,’ Trump boomed, after Wallace cornered Clinton on the pay-for-play claims.
‘There is no evidence,’ she objected. ‘And there is a lot of evidence of the good work.’