On Election Day, Trump casts doubt on legitimacy of electoral process

Republican nominee threatens to "see what happens, you know, how it goes" before conceding defeat to Hillary Rodham Clinton based on official state tallies of votes.

By
November 8, 2016 21:26
2 minute read.

What if a candidate refuses to concede?

What if a candidate refuses to concede?

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

NEW YORK -- As millions of Americans voted nationwide and just hours before polls were to close, Donald Trump took to the airwaves to question the legitimacy of the country's electoral system— the world's oldest democratic republic.

Threatening he would "see what happens, you know, how it goes" before conceding defeat to Hillary Rodham Clinton based on official state tallies of votes, Trump said he expected foul play at polling stations around the country and continued to encourage his supporters to police them for "problems or disruptions."

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The Trump campaign emailed supporters on Monday afternoon alerting them to a hotline specifically set up for "voter assistance."

"If I think everything's on the up and up, that's a lot different," Trump added, speaking with a local Florida radio station.

His Election Day warning came after his repeated refrain that America's 57th presidential race would be "rigged," and after outgoing US President Barack Obama told voters that democracy itself was on the ballot on Tuesday.

The Justice Department dispatched a record number of poll watchers across the country this year amid concerns of voter disenfranchisement. And US intelligence officials warned of an altogether different threat: Cyber attacks, taking the form not of direct ballot interference but in a misinformation campaign through the falsification of vote reporting figures.

Trump voted in New York City on Tuesday, while Clinton voted upstate in Chappaqua. Both held their election night events in Manhattan, just down 34th Street from one another.



Clinton said she was humbled by the responsibility of voting, and by the prospect of serving as president should she secure victory. All polls were set to close nationwide at 11 pm East Coast time.

Clinton ended her campaigning in North Carolina, with a performance by Lady GaGa, after holding one of her largest-ever rallies in Philadelphia with Obama and their families. Trump ended his efforts with a rally in Michigan.

The former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state consistently led the polls over the course of her campaign against Trump, an unconventional candidate who had no political experience whatsoever before announcing his bid last year.

The campaign ends with both candidates maintaining record-low approval ratings. As exit polls from Election Day showed Americans prioritizing "strong leadership," most also expressed a lack of pride and enthusiasm as a long election cycle came to a close.

Related Content

April 3, 2018
Cynthia Nixon’s bid for NY governor sets up a clash over Israel

By JTA