>> Do you make the same commitment that you will absolutely, sir. That you will absolutely accept the result of this election?>> I will look at it at the time.>> Donald Trump's refusal to pledge that he would go along with the results of the election could be the final fatal blow to his presidential campaign.
I'm James Oliphant, Political Correspondent for Reuters, and when Trump during the debate was asked if he would go along with the results of the election, he said I'll look at it, and then later added, I'll keep you in suspense, basically proving that this entire presidential campaign has been one big reality show.
>> What I've seen is so bad. First of all, the media is so dishonest.>> Trump for days have been talking about how the election has been rigged and how the results can't be trusted perhaps giving himself an out if he does lose.>> And remember this it's a rigged election.
The election is rigged. Well that's the way the system works, well then it's a rigged system. But you have to say we figured it out, right?>> But the negative effect of that might be one, alienating independent voters who don't like the idea that Trump won't go along with an orderly transfer of power.
And ironically, it might convince some of of his own voters not to vote if they don't believe their vote matters. Hillary Clinton called Trump's remarks horrifying.>> Every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction, he claims whatever it is it's rigged against him.>> And frankly it's hard to think of any corollary in political history where one nominee of a major political party has said that he may not go along with the result.
Well, Republicans and Democrats both were quick to criticize Trump for essentially undermining. American democracy and Trump's campaign quickly tried to clean it up. His campaign manager, Kelly Ann Conway, said well, of course, Mr. Trump's gonna go along with the results of the election. And she compared his words to Al Gore challenging the outcome in the 2000 election when he was campaigning against George Bush.
Of course, that was an entirely different situation involving a legally required recount. A fight that ended up at the Supreme Court, and when the dust settled, Gore did concede to Bush when all of his legal options were exercised. And in fact, Gore has been praised by pundits, lawyers alike since for basically not throwing the country into a constitutional crisis.
As we've seen many times with Trump, his family members this week tried to play down his controversial remarks by saying well of course he's gonna go along with the election. But then again that just gave Trump another opportunity to contradict his own message. Well, the big irony here is that Trump could be undermining his own campaign.
When you start telling your supporters that the whole election is rigged and their vote doesn't matter, why should they show up and vote at all?>> And it's so important