Donald Trump has uttered many statements over the last fifteen months that sounded like the words that would end his candidacy. Tonight we heard the ultimate such sentence.
Fox News moderator Chris Wallace asked the Trump if he would join his running mate in affirming that he would “absolutely accept the result of the election.”
Trump said, “I will look at it at the time.” Pressed by Wallace to commit to the principle of the peaceful transition of power, Trump said, “I’ll keep you in suspense.”
Hillary Clinton’s immediate response was, “That’s horrifying.” She knocked Trump for crying “rigged” every time things don’t go his way: in the primaries, in court, even in the Emmy nominations—at which point, Trump interjected, “Should’ve gotten it.”
The audience laughed, but Clinton pressed. “This is how Donald thinks. It’s funny, but it’s also troubling.”
That Donald Trump stands in a Presidential debate and grouses about not winning an Emmy tells us how small and brittle of a man stands before us.
That Donald Trump won’t promise to accept the result of the Presidential election and support a peaceful transition of power tells us how dangerous Donald Trump is to democracy. Donald Trump’s failure to offer that basic affirmation of democracy overrides any reason he may offer to elect him to public office.