Yet another jaw dropping moment in an unprecedented election campaign: Donald Trump has refused to say he’ll accept the outcome of the 2016 election.
It was just one of dozens of feisty moments in the 90 minute debate that ranged from tough questions about groping allegations, the Clinton Foundation, foreign policy and the economy.
But the comments, unprecedented in American politics, threaten to overshadow much of what was said this evening.
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“I’ll keep you in suspense”
Trump made the comments in a terse exchange about an hour into the debate, when moderator Chris Wallace brought up Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that the election is rigged, along with running mate Mike Pence’s pledge to accept its results.
“Do you make the same commitment, sir, that you will absolutely accept the results of this election?”
“I will look at it at the time,” responded Trump, before alleging the “corrupt” media has tilted the playing field in Clinton’s favour and that millions of phony voters have been added to the election rolls.
An incredulous Wallace responded, pressing Trump again on the issue.
“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 that campaign that the loser concedes to the winner, but that the loser concedes to the winner…”
“What I am saying is that I will tell you at the time, I will keep you in suspense.”
Clinton responded, calling the comments “horrifying.”
“I for one am appalled that someone who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take such a position.”
She followed up by pointing to numerous situations where Trump had lost, then claimed the result was a result of rigging – including an Emmy.
“I should have gotten it.”
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As expected, accusations of sexual assault leveled at Trump made another appearance, with the candidate again denying the claims.
Trump called the accusations fabrications of the Clinton campaign, and pointed to video that surfaced today of Democratic activists recorded suggesting they’d try and incite violence at Trump rallies as proof.
“It’s so sad when she talks about violence, when she caused the violence. It’s on tape!”
Clinton hit back, pointing to comments Trump had made about his accusers such as “Look at her, I don’t think so.” “That wouldn’t be my first choice,” suggesting they weren’t attractive enough for him to come on to.
Clinton took heat tonight too, with Wallace pointedly asking her about her Senate confirmation when she pledged to avoid even the appearance of conflict of interest, but awarding contracts to Clinton Foundation donors.
Clinton responded by saying there was no evidnce of “pay for play,” and that she was proud to talk about the foundation which she said had helped 11 million people with Aids treatment.
Trump shot back calling it a “criminal enterprise,” that took money from foreign dictators.
Clinton at one point pivoting off discussion of her campaign’s leaked emails lashed out at Russian-backed hacking, suggesting Vladimir Putin had orchestrated the hack in support of Trump.
He responded by suggesting Putin had no respect of Clinton, to which she shot back:
“Well that’s because he’d rather have a puppet for President of the United States.”
“No puppet, no puppet. No, you’re the puppet,” replied Trump.
The two also sparred over Syria, with Clinton pledging to defeat Isis, backing a no-fly zone, refusing to commit ground troops, and keeping the door open to “thoroughly vetted” refugees.
Trump shot back that Isis was Clinton’s mess: “We should have never let ISIS happen in the first place.”
He followed that with positions from the second debate that he would launch sneak attacks on Isis, and that refugees would be terrorists in disguise: “the great Trojan horse.”
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Believe it or not, there was plenty of policy discussed in the debate as well. The debate even began with both candidates on an even keel, though it wasn’t long before the tone descended to that of a school yard scrap.
The pair sparred on the Supreme Court, with Clinton pledging to appoint judges that would not overturn abortion rights, but who would overturn Citizens United, the decision allowing unlimited political donations. She added that she supported the second amendment but would bring in new gun control.
Trump pledged to appoint judges that would overturn Roe V. Wade, leaving abortion decisions to the states, and would do whatever it took to protect the second amendment.
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They also clashed on immigration, with Trump again touting his border wall as a way to keep out drugs and crime, and pledging to deport undocumented immigrants who he said jumped the queue unfairly.
“We have some bad hombres here and we’re gonna get them out.”
Clinton promised comprehensive immigration reform within 100 days of office, but refused mass deportation, painting a grim picture of police going door to door, packing busses and trains with deportees under a Trump regime.
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The candidates also clashed on the economy with Trump warning Clinton would “double your taxes,” and ship jobs overseas hammering at the NAFTA trade deal which he called a “disaster.”
Clinton shot back that the only one on stage shipping jobs out of the country was Trump and his companies.
“There’s only one of us on this stage who’s actually shipped jobs to Mexico. That’s Donald.”
She followed up by jabbing him over skyscrapers built with cheap Chinese steel, an allegation he didn’t deny.
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They also clashed over the national debt, with Wallace pointing out Clinton’s plan would bring debt to 86% of GDP, while Trumps would raise it to 106%.
Trump claimed debt would be no problem because he’d create “tremendous jobs,” kickstarting an “economic machine the likes of which we’ve never seen before.”
Clinton said she’d pay for her plan by taxing the wealthy.