LARGO, Fla. (WTSP) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump clarified his stance on what he will do regarding the results on November’s election Thursday, after hinting in Wednesday night’s final debate with opponent Hillary Clinton that he would not respect the outcome.
“I will look at it at the time, I’m not looking at anything now, I will look at it at the time,” Trump told debate moderator Chris Wallace on Wednesday.
But Thursday, at a rally in Ohio, he amended the statement.
I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election… If I win,” he said.
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"There are precedents for this,” said Largo High School History Teacher Mike Klapka. "If he were not to accept that, I'm not really sure what the next step would be other than one of two things happening: most people basically ignore him, he certainly might challenge it in the courts, but I don't know where the courts are going to go. If there's no evidence of voter fraud then there's no case."
Klapka went on to say, in his opinion, the Bush versus Gore election in 2000 is not a fair comparison.
"That was a razor-thin election,” said Klapka. “And that came after the election. At no point did Vice President Gore or then-Governor Bush say that they were not going to respect the results of the election."
And even though the country has seen many contentious, even downright nasty, presidential races where civilities and respect fell to the wayside, Klapka says the losers in those races respected the election process.
“The Constitution is predicated upon the idea that we are going to have a peaceful transference of power,” added Klapka. “There was, at least, that much respect for the idea of the peaceful transference of power from one candidate to the next candidate.”