October 19, 2016

Trump's Vegas bombshell: The Donald rocks final debate ends without a handshake

Third presidential debate sees Trump REFUSING to promise to accept outcome of election

Threatening to upend a basic pillar of American democracy, Donald Trump refused Wednesday night to say he would accept the results of the November election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee declared Trump's resistance "horrifying." Trump has spent the days leading up to Wednesday night's presidential debate warning voters that the election will be 'rigged.' Asked whether he would accept the results, he said, 'I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense.' Earlier, Clinton forcefully accused Trump of favoring Russia's leader over American military and intelligence experts Wednesday night, as the Republican nominee pointedly refused to accept the U.S. government's assertion that Moscow has sought to meddle in the presidential election. In a combative exchange in the final presidential debate, Clinton charged that Russian President Vladimir Putin was backing Trump because 'he'd rather have a puppet as president of the United States.' Trump denied any relationship with Putin and said he would condemn any foreign interference in the election. But he notably refused to accept the intelligence community's assessment that Russia was involved in the hacking of Democratic organizations. The Clinton campaign has also said the FBI is investigating Russia's involvement in the hacking of a top adviser's emails. The third presidential debate opened with a measured, policy-focused discussion - a stark contrast to the heated and highly personal clashes that defined the earlier contests. However, Trump quickly reverted to his previous style of repeatedly bursting in to interrupt Clinton as well as moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News. The 90-minute contest in Las Vegas came just under three weeks before Election Day and with early voting underway in more than 30 states.



Trump's Vegas bombshell: The Donald rocks final debate ends without a handshake

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