I don’t think that everyone truly understands the gravity of what Donald Trump was saying when he told moderator Chris Wallace last night that he’d keep America “in suspense” over whether he’d accept the results of the election on November 8th. This is not a small thing, and if you’ve heard any journalists who weren’t named Sean Hannity or Joe Scarborough this morning, you’d understand how horrifying — as Hillary Clinton put it — the prospect of of a losing candidate refusing to concede might be.
Sure, to you, and me, and most rational people, that concession is a formality. Hillary Clinton becomes our President-elect as soon as the Associated Press calls the election. But the 35-38 percent of the country who supports Donald Trump will refuse to accept it until Donald Trump has accepted it. He will reject the will of the voters. He would dare to foment a revolution over hurt feelings and rejection, over the idea that more than 50 percent of this country does not want him sitting in the White House.
This is not just being a sorry sport. It’s dangerous. It not only delegitimizing our next President, but it delegitimizes our entire electoral process, the very foundation of our democracy. Trump wants to pull the rug out from beneath the very democracy that allowed him — an unqualified buffoon — to run for the President of the United States as the nominee of a major political party.
Look: If Trump were to somehow win, Hillary would accept it, no matter how awful that might be for the country. We will accept it, although we may also pour into Canada afterwards, and we’d certainly seek to have the man’s power neutered or have him impeached for any number of illegalities he has committed and probably would commit while in office. But we would not question the election process, because the will of the people — even the fucking morons — is what this country is built upon.
For better or worse, America is built on the principle that the racist jackass down the street has just as much power in the voting booth as Warren Buffet or George Clooney or John McCain. We are not equal in this country in most every respect. Rich people are treated better than poor people. White people are treated better than people of color. Men are treated better than women. But for a few seconds every four years, our democracy treats us all with equal respect.
Donald Trump is threatening to undermine that, and that is fucking shameful.
Anyway, Stephen Colbert took Trump to task for the comment. Although it was in the context of a monologue, Colbert’s patriotism burned through with hints of actual anger when he said, “I guess we’re all going to have to wait until November 9 to see if we still have a democracy - to see if Donald Trump is in the mood for a peaceful transfer of power, or if he’s going to wipe his fat ass with the Constitution.”
Jump to the :50 mark.