Posted by: maboulette | October 21, 2016

Trump Is Coming Close to Sedition


Several prominent Republicans on Thursday condemned Donald Trump’s denial to commit to accepting the result of the presidential election, and some worried his stance might make it more difficult for his party to hold onto control of Congress.

Trump’s refusal, which Democratic rival Hillary Clinton called “horrifying,” was the standout remark of their 3rd and last debate on Wednesday night. It increased Trump’s claims that the election was being rigged against him, and became the latest flash-point in an unusually explosive race three weeks before voters go to the polls.

The Republican candidate reinforced his comment at a rally in Delaware, Ohio, today, saying he would respect the result “if I win.”

With Trump trailing in opinion polls, the focus ahead of the Nov. 8th vote is shifting to Congress, and whether Republicans will keep their narrow majority in the Senate or even their larger advantage in the House of Representatives.

Senator John McCain of Arizona, who lost the 2008 presidential election to Democrat Barack Obama, issued a strong statement saying that accepting the election result is “the American way.”

“I didn’t like the outcome of the 2008 election. But I had a duty to concede, and I did so without reluctance,” said McCain, who has opened a poll lead in his Senate re-election race. “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.”

Asked at the debate by moderator Chris Wallace if he would commit to a peaceful transition of power, the businessman-turned-politician replied: “What I’m saying is that I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense. OK?”

Democrats jumped to ask Republican candidates whether they agreed with Trump, who is making his first-ever run for public office and against Clinton, a former first lady, senator and secretary of state.  Most politicians don’t begin their careers running for the very highest office in the land.

Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak said down-ballot candidates would disagree with Trump, which would distance them from his comment, but it was a problem that the issue had drowned out everything else that came up in the debate.

A CNN/ORC snap poll said 52 percent thought Clinton won the debate, while 39 percent said Trump, a real estate developer and former reality TV star was the victor.

Chris Acker, 67, who attended a Trump rally in Ohio on Thursday said he was not bothered by the candidate’s unwillingness to say he would accept the result.

“I think if Trump would lose, he would concede also,” Acker said.

Millions of Americans watched the debate in Las Vegas. However, although the television audience was larger than that for their second matchup, it was below their record-setting first debate, according to early data cited by U.S. media.

On Twitter, President Obama said Clinton had scored an “Outstanding 3 for 3 debate sweep.” Obama has described Trump as unfit for the White House.

Trump’s words were considered jaw-dropping, but they are not illegal, especially given the strong guarantee of speech rights in the United States.

“You have to accept the results of the election unless there are grounds for a recount and at this point it does not appear that we’re heading for a close election,” Republican strategist Ryan Williams said.

Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, said Trump “will accept the outcome” because he is going to win.

In my opinion he is coming close to sedition which is “conduct or speech that incites people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch”. 

He had blamed all of the following on the Clinton campaign:

  • Violence at his rallies;
  • Rigging of the election;
  • Receiving questions before debate;
  • Women who have come forward with sexual assault claims;
  • Lies about his business failures;

Basically he blames Hillary Clinton for all his problems.  This is not a man who takes failure well.   Election night should be interesting!

This is also the man who has legal cases pending against him – first a civil trial over rape of a 13 year old and then a class action lawsuit against Trump and Trump University.  He has yet to blame either of these on the Clinton campaign.





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