Donald Trump just walked back on his debate-night promise that he would “absolutely” support the outcome of the Nov. 8 election if Hillary Clinton is victorious, reported CBS News.
During the highly anticipated debate, Clinton asserted that she “certainly will support the outcome of this election.” When debate moderator Lester Holt posed the same question to Trump, he said:
“Look, here’s the story. I want to make America great again. I’m going to be able to do it. I don’t believe Hillary will. The answer is, if she wins, I will absolutely support her.”
However, in an interview with the New York Times published early Saturday, the GOP presidential nominee cast doubt that he would accept the results of the election if he lost.
“We’re going to have to see. We’re going to see what happens. We’re going to have to see,” Trump told the Times.
That is a reversal from what the Republican nominee promised Monday, during the first presidential debate of the general election. Yet, this is not the first time Trump has broken the rules of the game when he’s losing.
Trump has long claimed that the U.S. political system was “rigged,” but in recent months, the bombastic reality TV star-turned- presidential candidate has propagated fears that the election itself would be unfairly stacked against him.
“I’m afraid the election’s gonna be rigged,” Trump said at a rally in Columbus, Ohio, in August.
Both election officials even President Obama have pushed back on the charge, calling it “ridiculous.”
The Republican presidential nominee, who has recently come under fire for his disparaging attacks on a former Miss Universe, defended this campaign tactic, and said of his Democratic rival, “She’s nasty, but I can be nastier than she ever can be.”
Trump criticized former president Bill Clinton’s sexual exploits and somehow blames Hillary for Mr. Clinton relationship with Monica Lewinsky , claiming she was there “defending him all along.”
But when asked about his own – well-documented – marital infidelities, Trump dismissed their relevance to his current campaign.
“I don’t talk about it. I wasn’t president of the United States. I don’t talk about it,” he said, before directing the conversation back to Mr. Clinton. “When you think of the fact that he was impeached, the country was in turmoil, turmoil, absolute turmoil,” he said.
H/T: CBS News.