Obama: Trump’s Election Rhetoric Dangerous

Obama: Trump’s Election Rhetoric DangerousObama: Trump’s Election Rhetoric Dangerous

President Barack Obama has said Republican Donald Trump’s insistence that he might not accept the election result is “dangerous”.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Miami for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the president said Trump’s comments undermined American democracy.

Trump refused in a televised debate to say he would accept the outcome of the election on 8 November, BBC reported.

He later said he would accept a “clear” result but left a challenge open.

Speaking in Ohio on Thursday,  Trump said, with a grin: “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.”

In the same speech, he said he would accept a clear election result but reserved the right to file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable one.

Hours later, the president said that sowing the seeds of doubt in people’s minds about the legitimacy of US elections provided a boost to the country’s enemies.

“You’re doing the work of our adversaries for them, because our democracy depends on people knowing that their vote matters,” said Obama.

Trump has been heavily criticized by many in his own party by suggesting he might not accept the election result.

For days, he has claimed the election is rigged against him, due to media bias and voter fraud.

During Wednesday night’s debate with Clinton, when moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he would accept losing to her, the Republican nominee said he would “keep you in suspenss”.

Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, later insisted that the candidate had meant he would not concede until the “results are actually known”.

Republican Senator John McCain, who lost to Obama eight years ago, said, “A concession isn’t just an exercise in graciousness. It is an act of respect for the will of the American people, a respect that is every American leader’s first responsibility.”

At the Ohio rally, Trump also reiterated a claim he made during the debate, that Clinton and President Obama were responsible for inciting violence at a Chicago rally earlier this year.

The crowd erupted into cheers of: “Lock her up!”

During the debate, he called Clinton a “nasty woman”.

Trump has trailed Clinton in the polls after facing damaging fallout over a video that emerged of him making obscene remarks about groping women.

When asked to address the allegations made against him by several women in the wake of the video, Trump said the claims had been “largely debunked”.

Polls suggest Clinton is ahead nationally and in key battleground states.


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