Oh, Donald Trump. You silly joker you.
Following Wednesday night's third Presidential debate, pundits from both sides of the aisle were left stunned and nauseated by one thing Donald Trump said on stage.
Actually... no, no and no.
(Well... yes, yes and yes, but these quips are not the point at the moment.)
About halfway through the debate, moderator Chris Wallace honed in on Trump's ongoing remarks in his stump speech, asking the candidate why he continues to refer to this election as "rigged."
Trump responded by mentioning the "dishonest" media, rambling about "millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn’t be registered to vote" and by saying that Clinton is a criminal who should not be allowed to run for President.
Still, Wallace forged ahead.
"There is a tradition in this country - in fact, one of the prides of this country is the peaceful transition of power," the Fox News anchor explained.
"No matter how hard-fought the campaign, at the end, the loser concedes to the winner … and the country comes together.
"Are you saying you’re not prepared to adhere to that principle?"
Exactly, Trump replied, saying specifically:
“What I am saying is I’ll tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.”
Yes, he'll keep us in suspense.
Like he's some Goddamn game show host or something, not one of two main party candidates for the highest office in the land.
So that brings up to a campaign stop in Ohio for Trump this afternoon.
Did he apologize for his remarks at the debate?
Did he walk back the most undemocratic stance any nominee could possibly take?
Or did he double down on it and make a joke about all the backlash he's received?
Do you really need us to tell you which route Trump chose?
“Ladies and gentleman, I wanna make a major announcement today,” Trump told a boisterous crowd in Delaware, Ohio.
"I would like to promise and pledge, to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States, that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election."
He then paused and smiled and added:
"If I win."
Watch how attendees responded to this vow in the following video:
Trump later said at the event he would accept “clear results,” although he did not specify what that means.
The Republican nominee, of course, loses more and more support from fellow politicians within his party on a daily basis.
Even Charles Krauthammer, a staunch conservative contributor to Fox News, said last night that Trump committed "political suicide" by claiming he might not accept the results of the election on November 8.
Krauthammer added Americans want a "change agent," but don't want a "radical who will challenge the foundations of the republic."
We can only pray he's right and that Trump loses. Bigly.