Hillary Clinton took on Donald Trump’s rigged election fears during Wednesday’s presidential debate, pointing out that this has been a common defense of Trump’s for years when things haven’t gone his way and arguing that he cannot take responsibility for himself.
After Trump said that he’d wait and see the results of the election before committing to accepting the result, Clinton pointed out that this is not the first time Trump has cried foul.
“This is horrifying. Every time Donald thinks things aren’t going in his direction, he claims everything is rigged against him,” Clinton said. “The FBI conducted a yearlong investigation into my emails. They found nothing. He said it was rigged. He said the Republican primary was rigged against him. He claims the court system and the federal judge is rigged against him. There was even a time when he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged against him.”
“Should have gotten it,” Trump interrupted.
Clinton categorized this pattern of behavior as an inherent trait of Trump’s before arguing that he’s talking about breaking the tradition of a peaceful transition of power in the United States.
“This is a mind-set. This is how Donald thinks, and it’s funny, but it’s also really troubling,” she said. “That is not the way our democracy works. We’ve been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them, and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election.”