Sean Spicer Defends Donald Trump's Attitude Towards The Election Outcome, But Makes A Promise Even He Couldn't
During Wednesday's third and final presidential debate Donald Trump refused to assure the public that he would accept the final election results if he loses on Nov. 8, a concept Hillary Clinton called "troubling." And she's not the only one to suggest that Trump's comments could pose a considerable threat to the Democratic process. But according to Republican National Committee chief strategist and communications strategist Sean Spicer, Trump is so sure to win, that conceding is not even an issue worth discussing.
"I think that he’s going to win this decisively and it’s not going to be an issue," Spicer tells Bustle.
Spicer also defended the Republican candidate, saying that Trump didn't actually say that he wouldn't concede. Instead, he claims, Trump only said that he wasn't going to say whether or not he would accept a Clinton victory should it occur. But ultimately, Spicer did admit that the RNC would follow 240 years of precedent and not contest the outcome of a democratic election.
"Regardless, we’re going to accept the results of the will of the people," Spicer says to Bustle.
The RNC's presidential nominee couldn't make the same promise to moderator Chris Wallace or the American people during the debate.
During the final face-off between the two candidates, Wallace brought up that it has always been a point of pride for the United States that its elections conclude with a "peaceful transfer of power," and asked Trump if he would guarantee that he would concede the election to Clinton if he were to lose on Nov. 8. Trump's reply was not assuring whatsoever. "What I'm saying is that I'll tell you at the time, I'll keep you in suspense," Trump said.
Clinton fired back immediately, saying, "Every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction, he claims whatever it is is rigged against him." She then referred to Trump's demeanor when he lost the Iowa Caucus and Wisconsin primary, his accusations that a Mexican judge couldn't rule fairly on his court case (because of disparaging comments Trump had made about Mexicans), and even brought up that he said the Emmys were rigged when he didn't get a statue for The Apprentice one year.
She added, "This is a mindset, this is how Donald thinks. And it's funny, but it's also really troubling. That is not the way our democracy works."
I guess we'll have to wait until Nov. 8 to see if Trump is all talk and no walk, or if the RNC will have to step in and maybe convince him to honor the nation's decision.