WASHINGTON, U.S. - Republican GOP leaders are alarmed with Donald Trump's stunning non-committal to accept the U.S. election results during the third and final presidential debate in Las ...
• Trump maintains right to legally challenge election results
• Trump has far less money in his coffers in comparison with the Clinton campaign
• Experts say voter fraud is extremely rare in the U.S.
WASHINGTON, U.S. - Republican GOP leaders are alarmed with Donald Trump's stunning non-committal to accept the U.S. election results during the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
With polls in recent weeks indicating Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton is forging ahead, and the November 8 election just a few weeks away, the Republican party’s embattled senators and House members scrambled to protect their seats and preserve the GOP’s congressional majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Trump's statements at Wednesday's debate that he would leave the nation in “suspense” about whether he would recognise the results from an election he has claimed will be “rigged” or even “stolen," drew a gasp from the Vegas audience and have left Republicans reeling.
And Trump seems to be in no mood to back down. At a rally in Ohio on Thursday, in his first comments on the subject after the debate, the Republican nominee echoed these claims, saying he would accept the results “if I win” — and reserving his right to legally challenge the results should he fall short.
"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 told supporters.
After raising concerns about voter fraud – which is extremely rare - Trump also pledged to accept "a clear election result."
"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 added. "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."
Although toning down his stance from the debate night, Trump did not yet again promise outright that he would abide by the results of the election.
His remarks have been met with outrage, from Democrats and Republicans alike, with Hilary Clinton calling them "horrifying,"
Meanwhile, many experts, including former chief counsel for the Republican National Committee Mark Braden, believe it is impossible to rig the U.S. presidential election because it was "too big, too diverse."
Trump also said on Thursday he was only refusing to make a blanket statement concerning the results of the election because he wants "fairness during the election."
The real estate magnate was also lambasted by U.S. President Obama, who said, "That is dangerous. Because when you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people's minds about the legitimacy of the elections, that undermines our democracy. Then you're doing the work of our adversaries for them."
The businessman-turned-politician has been under fire lately after several women came forward to say he had behaved indecently with them, causing Trump to say in retaliation that the election has been "rigged.”
The revelation also prompted leading Republicans to publicly withdraw their support of Trump.
In more desperate measures, Trump also tied the Clinton campaign and Obama to violence at his rallies, specifically in March at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Trump canceled the event after protesters clashed with supporters inside and outside of the event arena.
Also, with the election just days away, the Republican has far less money in his coffers in comparison with the Clinton campaign, definitely not enough to unleash an advertising assault that might turn his faltering campaign around. Although September was the strongest fundraising month of the campaign yet, bringing in $54.7 million, according to the latest Federal Election Committee filings, it was, however, far less than Clinton's funds.
Meanwhile, in hometown New York, Trump has little hopes of winning, with protests, like the Pussy Power, featuring an 8-foot-tall ‘Trumptopus’ and lots of cat ears, at Trump Tower this week, demonstrating how disliked he is.
His remarks on groping and forcefully kissing women have brought sexual harassment to the forefront, which continues to be an issue in society and a reality in the lives of many. These accusations of sexual harassment against him are examples of what women and men are faced with today.