One of the most overlooked aspects of the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was the response to the moderator’s question: “One of you will not win this election. Are you willing to accept the outcome as the will of the voters?”
In front of 80 million viewers, Donald Trump replied, “If she wins I will absolutely support her.” And he responded to a reporter who asked if he will accept the outcome of this election, “Oh yes, absolutely I will.”
Hillary Clinton replied to viewers: “I certainly will support the outcome of this election … This election's really up to you. It's not about us so much as it is about you and your families and the kind of country and future you want.”
With those answers, both nominees went on record upholding the outcome of the election.
Why, you might ask, is this question even being raised? Perhaps because voter distrust in the institutions that serve as the underpinnings of our democracy has reached new levels. According to the Pew Research Center, 22 percent of registered voters surveyed in August 2016 said they were not confident that their vote will be accurately counted, up from 10 percent in 2008 and 11 percent in 2004. Reports of hacking and election disruptions have further eroded voter trust. READ MORE.