New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that Donald Trump's refusal to say whether he would accept the results of the presidential vote make him sound like a "third-world dictator."
"The words you heard from Donald Trump are what you expect from a third-world dictator, what you expect from a military leader about to attempt a coup in a foreign country, not from an American presidential candidate," the mayor said.
Trump is setting up an excuse for when he loses, according to the Democratic mayor.
"I think this is the big con. This is Donald Trump at his con artist best, setting up a dynamic where he has an excuse for his defeat," De Blasio said on CNN's "New Day,"
De Blasio said the real reason Trump would lose is because voters did not approve of his plans.
"He's going to lose because the American people rejected his ideas. He's run a racist campaign, he's run a divisive campaign. He has not spoken to how we change this country for the better, and the people are going to reject it. So he sets up this fantasy to justify why he lost, but it's dangerous," the mayor said.
At another point in the interview, de Blasio said that one of his predecessors as New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani, is becoming "increasingly delusional" regarding his agreement with Trump about voter fraud. De Blasio called Trump's motives about claiming voter fraud into question.
"There have been so many studies of voter dynamics around the country that prove there is no meaningful voter fraud in this country at this point. What Trump is doing is trying to plant another racist seed where he suggests that any kind of voter fraud happens in cities, happens in communities of color. It's just a classic tool, it's a tactic to try to undermine the democratic process," the mayor said.
De Blasio offered praise for members of Trump's own party, mentioning South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham by name, who rejected Trump's claims about the vote's legitimacy. Graham said that Trump "is doing the party and country a great disservice."
At the final presidential debate, Trump refused to say whether he would accept the results of the election.
"I will look at it at the time. I'm not looking at anything now," the candidate said.
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