Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump opened a rally on Thursday by mocking widespread concerns that he may not accept the results of November’s presidential election.
“Ladies and gentleman, I wanna make a major announcement today,” Trump told a rowdy 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 paused, “If I win.”
The crowd went wild.
Trump made headlines Wednesday night, during the final presidential debate, by refusing to say whether or not he would accept the election results. In recent weeks he has stoked fears of voter fraud and claimed the election would be “rigged,” despite a complete lack of evidence for either.
Later in his speech Thursday, Trump said he would “accept a clear election result, but I would reserve my legal right to challenge” a questionable outcome. But he did not elaborate on what would constitute a “clear election result,” leaving open the possibility that Trump will challenge the results of the November 8th vote.
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Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.