The negative hoopla surrounding Donald Trump's declaration at Wednesday's presidential debate that he might not accept the results of next month's election has been drummed up by America's "silly media sheep," according to Sarah Palin.
Instead, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential running mate of John McCain insisted Thursday, Trump is totally within his rights and merely trying to protect himself by demanding legitimate election results.
"Trump ran the table and clearly explained his vision for making America safe and strong again," Palin wrote Thursday on her Facebook page. "What a gamble it would be to vote for status quo failed government... more of the same of what dug us into the mess we're in today."
"Seems silly media sheep are all chomping down on one issue after this debate, at least according to all the reporters who hollered out this same question to me: 'What about Trump not accepting the election results?'
"More power to Trump for explaining how vitally important the legitimacy of every election is to our democracy within our Republic. What reasonable person would preemptively accept any and all hypothetical questions and conditions of any hypothetical election?
"Trump's answer was RIGHT."
Palin said every vote cast is sacred and must be respected and legitimized — "but they must be FAIR elections."
"We're in the midst of proof of voter fraud and questionable — even violent — participatory elements in campaigns," she wrote. "That's why state legislators are now cracking down on voter fraud via tighter laws ensuring the security of our elections."
"When Trump is pressed on this, it harkens back to all the GOP primary candidates who screamed at Trump to support the Republican nominee — no matter what — and Trump initially responded that he could, depending on fair treatment.
"That is WISE and INSIGHTFUL! Trump got screwed in that deal when he eventually pledged to support the nominee and then some of his fellow candidates turned tail and refused to reciprocate when Trump won. Trump learned — why give opponents permission and incentive to act unfairly and cheat?"
Palin said Trump is giving potential cheaters "fair warning that we'll not give them any quarter. We'll hold them accountable. They'd better be on their toes. Cheaters will not win.
"Of course Trump will accept the legitimate outcome of a legitimate election! What the heck is so hard to understand about that?"
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