Remember when the political establishment of both parties were worried about Donald Trump refusing to accept the results of the November 8 election? That was when they thought he was going to lose.
President Obama told a campaign crowd that Trump would have been the first major party nominee in U.S. history to suggest he will not accept a loss:
“That is dangerous! Because when you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people’s minds about the legitimacy of our elections, that undermines our democracy. … You’re doing the work of our adversaries for them because our democracy depends on people knowing that their vote matters, that those who occupy the seats of power were chosen by the people.” Obama advised Trump to “stop whining” and get to work trying to win votes. “There’s only one way we lose this election. Just one. If we don’t turn out to vote,” Obama said. “Only way. We got to do it big. We got to leave no doubt.”
Salon had astutely predicted the Team Trump throw a massive temper tantrum as their campaign would implode, save an unforeseen event:
Unless there’s an unforeseen world event, it’s very likely that Hillary Clinton will become the 45th president of the United States, and, as Republican strategist Steve Schmidt forecasted on MSNBC, Chuck Schumer will become majority leader of the U.S. Senate. Donald Trump, meanwhile, will be mostly humiliated by an electoral college landslide at the hands of a powerful woman. Among the worst cases, Trump won’t concede, as promised. He’ll most likely sue, well, everybody. He’ll challenge the vote in any state in which he’s within three or five points. Maybe he’ll endeavor to manufacture a Bush v. Gore scenario, even if exactly zero legal experts go along. The goal will be to spark an ongoing political circus to delegitimize Clinton’s victory, prompting — and this is the important part — his people to take to the streets outside various boards of elections and other state and local offices to demand recounts and retribution.