Donald Trump has made history wether one way or the other, but either way the elections end today. Having stood alone as a lone voice, he has withered the storm and;
He has not said whether he will accept the results of the election.
Donald Trump stunned observers at the final presidential debate when he refused to say whether he would accept the results of the election if he were to lose.
“I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now. I’ll look at it at the time,” Trump told debate moderator Chris Wallace.
Trump’s suggestion that he may not honor a defeat by his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, on Election Day led to speculation that the election may be thrown into chaos if Trump refused to concede the election.
Trump later clarified his comment with the qualification that he would accept the results of the election “if I win.”
He has cast doubt about the presidential election with unfounded claims that voting is “rigged.”
Trump has repeatedly made claims that there will be widespread voter fraud on Election Day that may ultimately cost him the election. In addition, he has accused Hillary Clinton and the “mainstream media” of conspiring against his campaign in an effort to “rig” the election. “I’m telling you, November 8, we’d better be careful, because that election is going to be rigged,” the GOP nominee told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview. “And I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it’s going to be taken away from us.” The GOP nominee’s claims are not only unfounded, but have been widely criticized as “irresponsible” and “dangerous” because of their potential to erode trust in the US Democratic process. Others have noted that his allegations may actually deter voters from casting their ballot for the Republican candidate if they lose confidence in the power of their vote.
He is encouraging his supporters to employ voter suppression tactics on election day at the polls by intimidating voters.
As a solution to unfounded claims of rampant voter fraud, Trump has encouraged voters watch polling places in cities like Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Chicago on Election Day and observe voters to ensure the election is not compromised.
In a Boston Globe story, Steve Webb, a Trump supporter, admitted he would use “racial profiling” to confront voters suspected of committing fraud.
“I’ll look for . . . well, it’s called racial profiling. Mexicans. Syrians. People who can’t speak American. … I’m going to go right up behind them. I’ll do everything legally. I want to see if they are accountable. I’m not going to do anything illegal. I’m going to make them a little bit nervous,” Webb said.
Last month Democrats filed a lawsuit accusing the Republican party of coordinating “vigilante voter intimidation” over Trump’s “poll watchers.”
He questioned whether judges could remain impartial because of their race, ethnicity and religion.
In June the GOP nominee attacked US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel accusing him of not being able to remain impartial in a court case involving Trump University because of his Mexican heritage. Trump went on to assert that Curiel’s ethnicity posed a conflict of interest in the case because of Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Republican officials quickly disavowed Trump’s racially-tinged remark.
“Claiming a person can’t do their job because of race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said.
He has questioned the loyalty of American citizens because of their race, ethnicity, religion, and country of birth.
One of the Republican candidate’s proposals to ensure national security is to subject immigrants to an ideological litmus test, or what he calls “extreme vetting,” to prove they do not sympathize with terrorist organizations like ISIS.
“In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today,” Trump said. “We should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people.”
Earlier in his campaign, Trump called for a complete ban on Muslim’s entering the US, a proposal some criticized as being a direct violation of America’s freedom of religion.
He has threatened freedom of press by singling out journalists, banned news organizations from his rallies and has vowed to change libel laws to make it easier to sue the press.
In response to receiving unfavorable coverage, Trump has railed against the media for being biased against his campaign and favoring Clinton.
Trump’s claims have led to his supporters antagonizing the press at his rallies over accusations that they misrepresent the GOP nominee’s movement in the media.
At a rally in Miami, Florida, Trump berated NBC reporter Katy Tur for not doing an adequate job of reporting on his campaign. This prompted a wave of boos and taunts from Trump’s supporters directed at Tur during the event.
Trump’s disdain for the press has also led him to temporarily revoke the credentials of media organizations like The Washington Post, BuzzFeed and Politico preventing them from attending his events. The GOP nominee also threatened a lawsuit against The New York Times for reporting on women who have accused Trump of sexual assault.
His feud with reporters has also led his to promise to loosen libel laws that give legal protection to reporters, a statement some viewed as an attack on the First Amendment.
He has called for the proliferation on nuclear weapons.
Trump has been a vocal critic of the military alliance between the US and Japan. In an interview with CBS’ “Face The Nation,” he suggested the US should end its relationship with Japan even if it meant they would be free to acquire nuclear weapons saying, “Maybe they would be better off.”
The Republican candidate’s interest in using nuclear weapons during a meeting with a foreign policy expert also raised concerns about Trump’s cavalier attitude about nuclear weapons.