Donald Trump's supporters compared the Republican presidential candidate's word to keep voters "in suspense" about his acceptance of November's election results to former Democratic nominee Al Gore's acceptance of a recount in the state of Florida in 2000, according to Politico.
"This is exactly what Al Gore did," former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said. "It was their Democrat, Al Gore."
Other Republicans such as Sen. Jeff Sessions and Kellyanne Conway too echoed the thought. Their arguments, however, missed the point.
Gore was praised for pursuing, and then finally dropping his challenge to the election results in 2000. Florida's vote count showed Gore losing by just a few hundred votes to Bush. Gore pursued a recount and legal options, before accepting defeat after the Supreme Court ruling against him.
"I accept the finality of the outcome, which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College," Gore said on Dec. 13, 2000. "And tonight, for the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession."
The Trump campaign dug into the controversy following the third presidential debate when he refused to reveal whether he'd accept the results of the November election.
"If you look at your voter rolls, you'll see millions of people that are registered to vote. Millions," he said.
Trump also accused Clinton of a serious "crime" which she's not been convicted yet. "She should not be allowed to run, and just in that respect I say it's rigged because she should never — Chris. She should never have been allowed to run for the presidency based on what she did with e-mails and so many other things," Trump said addressing moderator Chris Wallace.
Trump's constant jibe on elections being rigged has not gone down well with both sides.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham from South Carolina issued a statement saying, "Mr. Trump is doing the party and country a great disservice by continuing to suggest the outcome of this election is out of his hands and 'rigged' against him."
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid tweeted:
Meanwhile, Trump's running mate Mike Pence pointed out that he and Trump would accept the outcome of the election "if the vote is fair."
"What Donald Trump said tonight ... I think he's made a point that is resonating with millions of Americans," Pence told Politico.
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