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Trump Stumbles on Accepting Election Outcome

Trump Stumbles on Accepting Election Outcome

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By Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:36 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Though Donald Trump scored well on general topics in the final debate on Wednesday, his  controversial remark on accepting the outcome of the election left many worried. 

"Trump was more prepared and focused than in the previous two debates," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. "And yet by refusing to say he would accept the election results, he gave the establishment media the ability to change the focus to that one question."

Norquist also criticized the Republican nominee for "not focusing on tax reduction, regulatory reform or spending restraint. And he got bogged down in a debate over tactics in the liberation of Mosul."

But Trump, in Norquist’s view, "did land some solid blows on Second Amendment issues and pro-life issues."

"There are now 20 days to go," he added. "This debate did not change the trajectory of the campaign."

Richard Viguerie, one of the founding fathers of the modern conservative movement, disagreed with Norquist. 

"Trump was the winner on points, but did not come close to scoring a knockout of Clinton," said Viguerie, one of the pioneers in the use of direct mail for conservative causes and candidates. "He failed to lay out a clear understanding of the two world views that are on the ballot this election. The radical agenda of Hillary Clinton and her Democratic allies mostly went undiscussed."

Viguerie told Newsmax in the final days of the campaign, "Trump needs to bypass the biased national media, and buy large blocks of [television] time, and have a conversation with the American people about his and Clinton's world views.

"If he doesn't the national media will crush him and many other Republican candidates for federal and state offices."

Howard Kaloogian, national spokesman of the Tea Party Express, insisted Trump's statement about possibly not accepting the outcome of the election "is not an issue. Immigration, the Supreme Court, taxes, the economy, terrorism and crime — these are the issues."

Referring to the opening exchange on the Supreme Court, Kaloogian said: "It was a great opening question about the Constitution — is it ‘living’ or do the words mean what they say? Hillary didn't answer that, she took the setup of the question as an out, and claimed the fifth grade understanding that the president nominates and the Senate rubber stamps.

"Trump wants originalists and stated so. That should end it for any conservative. They should vote Trump."

Kaloogian predicted: "Trump will win if he gets 85 percent or more of the Republicans to vote for him. Right now it's around 75 percent."

Noting that Trump stated he "would defend the Constitution through originalists on the court, defend the Second Amendment, protect the unborn from abortion, and he would build the wall to define our nation's sovereignty," Kaloogian felt all Republicans should have pledged their support for him after the first 15 minutes.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

 

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