Tuesday’s Debate Demonstrated That Donald Trump Wants This Election To Become a Chaotic Mess
Near the very end of Tuesday’s mostly unwatchable debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, there was actually a single important moment that could have ramifications on and beyond Election Day.
By now, it’s no secret that the outcome of this year’s presidential election might not be known on November 3. Due to the abnormally high number of mail-in and absentee ballots that are expected to be cast this year—and compounded by the fact that several states, including some important swing states, are not allowed to start counting those ballots before Election Day—there will likely be a large number of completely legitimate votes that won’t be counted in the hours immediately after polls close. If the election is close, how the two top candidates act in the immediate aftermath of an uncalled contest will be crucial to securing the legitimacy of the election.
With that in mind, debate moderator Chris Wallace asked both candidates on Tuesday night if they would urge their “supporters to stay calm during this extended period, not to engage in any civil unrest” and pledge that neither would declare victory until the results were final.
Trump immediately rejected the premise.
“I am urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully,” he said, before spiraling off into a tangent about how some of his supporters were “thrown out” of polling places in Philadelphia earlier today. “Yo
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