Trump: ‘I Will Totally Accept the Results’ of This Election - ‘If I Win’

By Melanie Arter | October 20, 2016 | 12:46pm EDT
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump (AP Photo)

( – During a campaign stop in Delaware, Ohio, on Thursday, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said he will “totally accept” the results of the presidential election if he wins.

“I want to make a major announcement today. 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 - if I win,” Trump said.


As reported, during the last presidential debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Trump refused to say whether he would accept the results of the election, saying, “I will look at it at the time.” 

Trump said "millions of people" who are registered to vote should not be voting at all, by law.

Moderator Chris Wallace reminded Trump that “there is a tradition in this country … that at the end of the campaign that the loser concedes to the winner.”

“What I'm saying is that I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense. OK?" Trump responded.

Trump pointed out Thursday that if then Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Al Gore and Republican presidential candidate and eventual President George W. Bush “had agreed three weeks before the election to concede the results and waive their right to a legal challenge or a recount,” there would have been no Bush vs. Gore Supreme Court case.

“In effect, I’m being asked to waive centuries of legal precedent designed to protect the voters,” he said.

Trump also pointed out that – according to the Pew Center on the States – “there are 24 million voter registrations in the United States that are either invalid or significantly inaccurate.”

“Listen to this: 1.8 million people are dead, but they’re registered to vote – some of whom vote even though they’re dead, which is really a hard thing to do, but it’s easy if fraud is involved, right?” Trump said.

“So 1.8 million people who are dead, who are registered to vote, and some of them vote. One was a Republican, and after death became a Democrat. It’s true,” Trump added.

He also noted that “2.8 million people are registered in more than one state.”

“So you got 2.8 million people - they can vote in Ohio and someplace else, and 14 percent of non-citizens are registered to vote,” Trump said. “Those are terrible and frightening statistics.

“America is a constitutional republic with a system of laws. These laws are triggered in the case of fraud or in the event of a recount where it’s needed,” he said.

“Of course, 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 said. “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 – always.”

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