Trump refuses to accept election not rigged



Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump debate during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Mark Ralston/Pool via AP)

Nick Reimann

With just a few weeks remaining until the election, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met for one final debate in Las Vegas, Monday, Oct. 20.

Moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, the third debate was no different than the first two in terms of the fierce rhetoric the candidates attacked each other with.

Perhaps the most compelling moment of the debate occurred on the segment discussing fitness to be president. Wallace pressed Trump as to whether he would accept a potential Hillary Clinton victory over him as part of a “tradition of peaceful transition of power,” a subject which Trump said he refused to entertain unless he loses.

“I will tell you at the time. I will keep the suspense,” Trump said.

Clinton had her vulnerable moments, as well, specifically when asked about a possible conflict of interest regarding her involvement with the Clinton Foundation.

When Wallace brought up that high-paying donors to the foundation were awarded government contracts by Clinton during her time as secretary of state, Clinton skirted around the question, instead using her time to discuss how the Clinton foundation has helped 11 million people receive AIDS treatment.

While issues discussed in other debates, such as immigration, Trump’s treatment of women and trade policies once again were brought up, issues such as gun control and abortion were more of a focus than in previous debates.

The debate’s conclusion was also different, as the candidates ended the debate with a one minute, unscripted closing statement.

Clinton used the time to explain her view for the future, with a focus on inequality and economic opportunity, while Trump spent his minute discussing his “law and order” policies.

Trump also continued his tough rhetoric in his closing, claiming “you get shot going to the store,” and ending by saying: “We don’t want four more years of Barack Obama, and that’s what you get if you get her.”