Donald Trump will never play fair

Donald Trump will never play fair

When Donald Trump was asked by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week whether he would accept the outcome of the November election, he replied: “If all is fair, I will happily accept the results. I won’t change that. If not, you have to fight for the right of the land. If you go back and look at all the things that were discovered, it turns out that I won the election in Wisconsin. It also showed that I had won the elections in other locations. I would be doing the country a disservice if I said otherwise. But no, I expect fair elections and we may expect a very big victory.”

Trump is consistent. According to him, elections are only fair if he wins, otherwise they are rigged. So by that twisted logic, 2016 was fair, 2020 was rigged (and brought about his attempted coup), and the fairness of 2024 will be determined by his victory or not. Note that under these prospects he can never lose, so it’s a perfect system

As for Wisconsin, Trump lost the Badger State in 2020 by 1,610,184 votes to 1,630,866 for Joe Biden. Trump’s campaign paid for recounts in Milwaukee and Dane counties. The recount gave Biden another 87 votes. In 2020, Trump also lost Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania, which along with Wisconsin have a total of 73 votes in the Electoral College. That’s why Trump’s 306 electoral votes in 2016 and victory became 233 electoral votes in 2020 and defeat. (It was actually 232 electoral votes, since Trump also dropped one electoral vote in Nebraska).

Eight years ago, during the final debate with Hillary Clinton, Chris Wallace, then of Fox News, was the moderator and presented Trump’s views.

WALLACE: Mr. Trump, I want to ask you one last question on this topic. You have recently warned at rallies that this election is rigged and that Hillary Clinton is in the process of stealing it from you.

Your running mate, Governor Pence, promised on Sunday that he and you will – his words – “absolutely accept the outcome of this election.” Today your daughter, Ivanka, said the same thing. I want to ask you here on stage tonight: Are you making the same commitment that you will absolutely – sir, that you will absolutely accept the outcome of this election?

TRUMP: I’ll look at it in due course. I’m not looking at anything right now. I’ll look into it at that time.

What I’ve seen – what I’ve seen is so bad. First of all, the media is so dishonest and corrupt, and the fuss is so astonishing. The New York Times even wrote an article about it, but they don’t even care. It’s so unfair. And they have poisoned the minds of voters.

But unfortunately for them, I think the voters see right through it. I think they’re going to see through it. We’ll find out on November 8. But I think they’ll get through it.

WALLACE: But sir, there is…

TRUMP: If you look – excuse me, Chris – if you look at your voter rolls, you see millions of people registered to vote – millions, this isn’t from me – this comes from Pew Report and other places – millions of people registered to vote, but who should not be registered to vote.

So let me give you one more thing. So I’m talking about the corrupt media. I’m talking about the millions of people – I want to tell you one more thing. She’s not allowed to run. It’s crooked – she is – she is guilty of a very, very serious crime. She’s not allowed to run.

And it’s precisely in that respect that I say it’s manipulated, because they never…


TRUMP: Chris, she should never have run for president based on what she did with emails and so many other things.

WALLACE: But sir, there is a tradition in this country – in fact, one of the prides of this country – is the peaceful transfer of power and that no matter how hard-fought a campaign, at the end of the campaign the loser concedes the winner. I’m not saying that you will necessarily be the loser or the winner, but that the loser gives in to the winner and the country comes together in part for the good of the country. Are you saying that you are now unwilling to adhere to that principle?

TRUMP: What I’m saying is I’ll tell you in due time. I’ll keep you in suspense. OK?

CLINTON: Well, Chris, let me respond to that, because that’s horrifying. You know, every time Donald thinks things aren’t going his way, he claims that whatever it is is rigged against him.

The FBI spent a year investigating my emails. They concluded that there was no case; he said the FBI was manipulated. He lost the Iowa caucus. He lost the Wisconsin primary. He said the Republican primaries were rigged against him. Then Trump University is indicted for fraud and racketeering; he claims the justice system and the federal judge is rigged against him. There was even a time when he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV show for three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged against him.

TRUMP: Should have gotten it. (laughter)

CLINTON: This is – this is a mentality. That’s how Donald thinks. And it’s funny, but also really disturbing.


CLINTON: So that’s not the way our democracy works. We have been around for 240 years. We have had free and fair elections. We accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them. And that is what should be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election. You know, President Obama said the other day, when you’re whining before the game’s even over… (applause)

WALLACE: Wait a minute. Hang on, folks. Hang on, folks.

CLINTON: …it just shows that you’re not up to the job. And let’s – you know, let’s be clear about what he’s saying and what that means. He denigrates, he talks down our democracy. And I, for one, am shocked that someone nominated for one of our two major parties would take such a position.