I didn’t bother watching last night’s third and final presidential debate because, for starters, Donald Trump was toast already and Hillary Clinton has the election sewed up. And also because I am weary of contemplating the fact that one of America’s two supposed major political parties nominated an ignorant bigot with the maturity of a 6th grader as their standard bearer, thus forcing me to vote for Mrs. Clinton just to keep his itchy trigger finger away from our nuclear codes.
Nonetheless, I read about last night’s debacle this morning, and I hope all the Republicans were proud to hear their candidate tell debate host Chris Wallace that he doesn’t know whether he’ll accept the results of the election (thereby implying that he may order his tribe of followers to riot in the streets and spend the next four years declaring their collective refusal to recognize Hillary Clinton as their president). This is approximately the type of thing I’d expect to hear from a participant in an election in, say, Venezuela.
Trump’s apologists immediately ran to every news media outlet available and tried to say that if Trump doesn’t accept the results of the election, he’ll only be doing exactly what Al Gore did when the Supreme Court ruled that a recount showed the state of Florida tilted to George W. Bush by a couple hundred votes.
Which is, of course, a stinkin’ lie.
Here is what Al Gore said in December of 2000: “I accept the finality of the outcome, which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College. And tonight, for the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession.”
And that’s the difference between an American and Donald Trump.