Trump Declines to Say He’ll Accept Election Results; Biden Campaign Responds

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times based in Maryland. He covers U.S. and world news.
July 20, 2020Updated: July 20, 2020

President Donald Trump said he will not commit to accepting the 2020 presidential election results, prompting criticism from presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign.

Trump told “Fox News Sunday” that he does not like to lose.

Asked if he’s gracious, the Republican added: “You don’t know until you see. It depends. I think mail-in voting is going to rig the election. I really do.”

When anchor Chris Wallace wondered whether Trump was suggesting he wouldn’t accept the results if he loses, Trump pointed out that Hillary Clinton continually accused him of cheating to win the 2016 election.

Trump later said that he wanted to keep Wallace in suspense.

“Can you give a direct answer, you will accept the election?” Wallace asked.

“I have to see. Look, I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no. And I didn’t last time either,” Trump said.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Wilmington, Del., on July 14, 2020. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)

The Biden campaign released a statement in response to the remarks.

“The American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House,” the campaign said.

Trump made a similar comment during an October 2016 debate. Asked by Wallace then whether he’d accept the outcome of the election, Trump said, “I will tell you at the time.”

“I’ll keep you in suspense, OK?” Trump added.

Hillary Clinton called the comment “horrifying.”

Clinton, along with the Democratic National Committee, paid an ex-British spy to compile unsubstantiated allegations against Trump. She initially resisted giving a concession speech and has repeatedly blamed Russia for her election loss.