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Mike Pence Dodges Question About Donald Trump Accepting Defeat

Trump has said he'll accept the outcome only if he wins.

WASHINGTON ― Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence declined Sunday to say unambiguously that the Donald Trump campaign would concede if it loses on Election Day.

Trump himself has said he’d leave the country “in suspense” on whether he’d accept the results of the election if he doesn’t win ― an unprecedented position for a major-party nominee ahead of a presidential election.

Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked Pence if Trump would concede in the event of a clear Hillary Clinton victory.

“Donald Trump is going to win this election,” Pence said. “He’ll be more than happy to accept the results.”

Wallace pressed Pence to guarantee Trump would “put this behind us” if he doesn’t win. 

“The campaign has made it very clear: a clear outcome, obviously both sides will accept,” Pence said. “But I think both campaigns have also been very clear that, you know, in the event of disputed results, they reserve all legal rights and remedies.”

This was not the answer Wallace was looking for. He specifically asked what Trump would do if he loses. 

And contrary to Pence’s claim, the campaign has not been clear. Trump has said he “would accept a clear election result,” but he has also said he would only accept the result if he wins

“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, if I win,” Trump said last month. 

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.

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