Donald Trump and America

debate%20logoThis appears to be the take away from the third debate: if I lose, the election was rigged.

When asked if he would accept the results of the election, Donald Trump said the following:

“I would look at it at the time.” [What? I think it would be good to understand the process and know that there will be a winner and a loser, and it could be you]

“the media is so dishonest and so corrupt, and the pile-on is so amazing…they’ve poisoned the mind of the voters.” [Unfair media conspiring against me]

“it’s rigged…she should never have been allowed to run for the presidency based on what she did with e-mails and so many other things.”  [Illegitimate opponent; we’ve seen this before with the Birther talking points he spouted for 6 years]

“What I’m saying is that I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense. OK?”  [Hey lets have a contest (election), and if I like the results everything is ok.  But… if I don’t and I lose it’s because it was rigged/stolen/unfair/voter fraud/she should be in jail/someone said November 28/Pennsylvania will vote for Trump/{pick a reason that Trump is priming the election with}]

Let’s take a step back and look at a scenario that may take place on November 8, 2016.  The election occurs; 42% of the vote goes to the Republican nominee and 48% goes to the Democrat.  The Republican supporters will not believe they had lost because their candidate has been robbed of the election, the election was rigged, voter fraud took place, the polls had been hacked by some foreign power, Pennsylvania was crooked and went to the Democrats because he said so 3 months prior to the election.

And of course there will be the sporadic facebook reports of people being unable to vote correctly and people being turned away at the polls due to the new voter rules that Republican states have enacted.

Now 42% of the country is furious and trying to figure out what happened.  A portion of that group will not be silent and act bigly: there may be protests, there may be altercations, there may be 2nd Amendment remedies, calls for succession from the union for the red states.  The only question is how many of the 42% will believe enough in what they have been told continuously for three months prior to the election to act bigly.

Chris Wallace brought forward a concept I heard from my government classes in high school:

sir, there is a tradition in this country — in fact, one of the prides of this country — is the peaceful transition of power and that no matter how hard-fought a campaign is, that at the end of the campaign that the loser concedes to the winner.

The peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of the Presidential office.  Any candidate has to have confidence in the system and accept the results.  The electorate is free to choose the candidate of their choice.  We don’t live in a third world nation where we jail the opposition, where the loser claims fraud and sets up a shadow government, where armed groups pressure the authorities for justice because they were wronged somehow.

There is little to no evidence to suggest the election will be rigged.  When that information is discovered then we can discuss the injustice.  Until then, become informed and cast your vote on November 8th.

Here is a portion of the 3rd Debate from the New York Times:

WALLACE: Mr. Trump, I want to ask you about one last question in this topic. You have been warning at rallies recently that this election is rigged and that Hillary Clinton is in the process of trying to steal it from you.

Your running mate, Governor Pence, pledged on Sunday that he and you — his words — “will absolutely accept the result of this election.” Today your daughter, Ivanka, said the same thing. I want to ask you here on the stage tonight: Do you make the same commitment that you will absolutely — sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of this election?

TRUMP: I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now. I’ll look at it at the time.

What I’ve seen — what I’ve seen is so bad. First of all, the media is so dishonest and so corrupt, and the pile-on is so amazing. The New York Times actually wrote an article about it, but they don’t even care. It’s so dishonest. And they’ve poisoned the mind of the voters.

But unfortunately for them, I think the voters are seeing through it. I think they’re going to see through it. We’ll find out on November 8th. But I think they’re going to see through it.

WALLACE: But, sir, there’s…

TRUMP: If you look — excuse me, Chris — if you look at your voter rolls, you will see millions of people that are registered to vote — millions, this isn’t coming from me — this is coming from Pew Report and other places — millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn’t be registered to vote.

So let me just give you one other thing. So I talk about the corrupt media. I talk about the millions of people — tell you one other thing. She shouldn’t be allowed to run. It’s crooked — she’s — she’s guilty of a very, very serious crime. She should not be allowed to run.

And just in that respect, I say it’s rigged, because she should never…

WALLACE: But…

TRUMP: Chris, she should never have been allowed to run for the presidency based on what she did with e-mails and so many other things.

WALLACE: But, sir, there is a tradition in this country — in fact, one of the prides of this country — is the peaceful transition of power and that no matter how hard-fought a campaign is, that at the end of the campaign that the loser concedes to the winner. Not saying that you’re necessarily going to be the loser or the winner, but that the loser concedes to the winner and that the country comes together in part for the good of the country. Are you saying you’re not prepared now to commit to that principle?

TRUMP: What I’m saying is that I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense. OK?

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