Some of Donald Trump’s supporters in Congress were quick to downplay the unorthodoxy of the Republican presidential nominee’s refusal during Wednesday night’s debate to say whether he would accept the results of the election.
They suggested that what Trump had in mind wouldn’t be any different from the 2000 election, when the courts intervened in a recount of ballots in the contest between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
“Well, he’s determined that he’s going to be treated fairly, and if he’s not treated fairly, he’ll use legal rights like Al Gore did in the 2000 election,” Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions said in the spin room after the debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Idaho Rep. Raúl R. Labrador made a similar comparison on Twitter Wednesday night.
Sheer hypocrisy – Al Gore and the Clintons refused to accept the result of the 2000 elections and media not outraged. #double standard
— Raúl Labrador (@RaulLabrador4ID) October 20, 2016
Out on the trail, Trump has been alleging that the election may be rigged against him for weeks. “I will look at it at the time,” he told debate moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News, when pressed whether he’d accept the results of the election. “I will keep you in suspense. OK?”
Democratic rival Hillary Clinton responded, “That’s horrifying.”