“I will totally accept the result of this great and historic presidential election,” Trump told supporters in Delaware, Ohio. A dramatic pause followed. “If I win.” The crowd went wild.
Trump clarified his comments later when he said that he would accept a “clear election result,” leaving the door open to conceding the race if Hillary Clinton wins by an overwhelming margin.
“I would accept a clear election result but I would also reserve my right to contest or file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result,” Trump told his crowd.
“And always, I will follow and abide by all of the rules and traditions of all of the many candidates who have come before me.”
“Bottom line,” he added to cheers, “we are going to win.”
The Republican nominee has faced a backlash for declining to say at Wednesday’s night’s debate that he would accept the results of the election. He said he would keep the country in “suspense.”
As Trump falls in the polls, he has taken to telling supporters that the media and widespread voter fraud are “rigging” the election against him.
At Thursday’s rally, Trump said the only reason he won’t accept the results in advance is because he’s convinced Clinton is cheating.
“We want fairness in the election,” he said. “Don’t be naive folks.”
“A campaign like Clinton’s that will incite violence is truly a campaign that will do anything to win,” he said.
The Republican said Clinton is the most corrupt and dishonest person ever to run for president.
“It was in that context that I was asked, in advance, to concede the results on election night, if for some reason we should lose,” he said, referring to the debate. “That was sort of an unprecedented question.”
H/T The Hill