Pence: Americans Feel This Election Is Rigged By A Media Practicing Willful Ignorance Toward Clinton Corruption

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Republican nominee for vice president Mike Pence tells Chuck Todd the media has rigged the election against his running mate Donald Trump. Pence said the emails released by Wikileaks with revelations of Clinton's tenure in the State Department and involvement of the Clinton Foundation are being "virtually ignored" by the media.

"I have to tell you it really is astonishing to most Americans that as these unsubstantiated allegations are, are treated with an enormous amount of coverage on this network and other networks that revelations coming out of Secretary of State Clinton's years in the State Department and the Clinton Foundation are virtually ignored by the national media," Pence said about the coverage of allegations of sexual misconduct levied against Trump.

"I mean we, we discovered this week that State Department officials actually directed contracts for the Haitian recovery effort after the earthquake to friends of the Clintons. And literally that got, that got almost no media attention while, while those that step forward with these unsubstantiated claims that, that Donald Trump has denied, were treated with headline news and continuous coverage," he said.

"It's one of the reasons why so many Americans feel like this election is being rigged by a national media that's constantly trying to change the subject away from and practice willful ignorance toward the corruption and misdeeds and pay for play politics of the Clintons," Pence told Chuck Todd.

"Will you accept the results of the election?" Todd asked.

"We will absolutely accept the results of the election," Pence answered. "Look, the American people will speak in an election that will culminate on November the 8th. But the American people are tired of the obvious bias in the national media. That's where the sense of a rigged election goes here, Chuck."

Todd was concerned that Pence's accusations of a rigged election is hurting the country.

"Governor, you keep saying rigged election. Are you concerned that the more you say it, the more you actually undermine our democracy unintentionally?" the MTP moderator asked.

"As Donald Trump said in that first debate, I'll say to you again today, we're going to accept the will of the American people," Pence said. "But between now and election day we're going to work our hearts out against all odds, against most of you in the national media. We're going to go lay out a story for a stronger more prosperous America."

Todd was not pleased, but conceded to Pence that he understands why he continues to "attack us."

"I understand why you want to continue to attack us. But I think it's misguided attacks there. I understand," Todd told Pence.

Transcript, via NBC News:

CHUCK TODD, MEET THE PRESS: You have firsthand accounts. They're unproven but they are not unsubstantiated. You have a, you have a first-hand account. We have somebody that disagrees with that first-hand account. But they are substantiated, no?

GOV. MIKE PENCE: Well, I, no. These are not substantiated accounts. These are, these are people who have brought forward allegations going back in some cases decades. And Donald Trump has made it clear that, that he categorically denies that these things ever took place.

But I have to tell you it really is astonishing to most Americans that as these unsubstantiated allegations are, are treated with an enormous amount of coverage on this network and other networks that revelations coming out of Secretary of State Clinton's years in the State Department and the Clinton Foundation are virtually ignored by the national media.

I mean we, we discovered this week that State Department officials actually directed contracts for the Haitian recovery effort after the earthquake to friends of the Clintons. And literally that got, that got almost no media attention while, while those that step forward with these unsubstantiated claims that, that Donald Trump has denied, were treated with headline news and continuous coverage. It's one of the reasons why so many Americans feel like this election is being rigged by a national media that's constantly trying to change the subject away from and practice willful ignorance --

CHUCK TODD: So, so Governor, we should ignore--

GOV. MIKE PENCE: -- toward the corruption and misdeeds and pay for play politics of the Clintons.

CHUCK TODD: But, but let me, let me ask you this though. You really believe that women who believe they were victimized by sexual assault, they come out, they should be ignored? Isn't that been part of the problem with rooting out sexual assault in our culture is that --

GOV. MIKE PENCE: No, not, no, Chuck.

CHUCK TODD: -- there is this feeling that women get ignored?

GOV. MIKE PENCE: Yeah, no. I wouldn't say anything to disparage, disparage any woman who, who's, who believes they've had an experience like this. But Donald Trump's made it clear that, that these allegations are categorically false. And now we've had more evidence that's come out to challenge those versions of the facts.

But the ignorance, the, the ignoring that's going on here, Chuck, is the, the, the way the national media is ignoring an avalanche of, of real, hard evidence of corruption during the years of the Clinton administration. The New York Times just a few minutes ago posted a story about for, in exchange for five minutes with Bill Clinton, the, the government of, of Qatar was going to give one million dollars to the Clinton Foundation. We know that more than half of Hillary Clinton's meetings while she was Secretary of State were given to major contributors to the Clinton Foundation. The Haitian government thing, the speeches about open borders, socialized medicine.

CHUCK TODD: Right.

GOV. MIKE PENCE: It's getting virtually no attention--

CHUCK TODD: You just cited the New York--

GOV. MIKE PENCE: -- in the national media while --

CHUCK TODD: You just cited the New York Times.

GOV. MIKE PENCE: -- unsubstantiated claims that have been repeatedly denied --

CHUCK TODD: Governor --

GOV. MIKE PENCE: -- by Donald Trump are getting all the attention and the American people see right through it, Chuck.

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CHUCK TODD: Will you accept the results of the election?

GOV. MIKE PENCE: We will absolutely accept the results of the election. Look, the American people will speak in an election that will culminate on November the 8th. But the American people are tired of the obvious bias in the national media. That's where the sense of a rigged election goes here, Chuck.

CHUCK TODD: The more you say--

GOV. MIKE PENCE: -- the media comes in with an avalanche of continuous negative attacks against my running mate instead of focusing on the real, hard evidence coming --

CHUCK TODD: Do you--

GOV. MIKE PENCE: -- out about corruption and pay to play --

CHUCK TODD: -- are you at all --

GOV. MIKE PENCE: -- in the Clinton Foundation years. It's why people are frustrated. But look, we'll --

CHUCK TODD: -- the more you say rigged election --

GOV. MIKE PENCE: -- find a way to get through to November the 8th. And we'll accept the will of the American people. You bet.

CHUCK TODD: Governor, you keep saying rigged election. Are you concerned that the more you say it, the more you actually undermine our democracy unintentionally?

GOV. MIKE PENCE: Look, one of the great traditions of America is the peaceful transfer of power. And elections, Chuck, you know, you're a student of history, elections always get pretty rough. I expect they're going to stay just as rough as they are right now going into November the 8th. The stakes are so high in this election.

But as Donald Trump said in that first debate, I'll say to you again today, we're going to accept the will of the American people. But between now and election day we're going to work our hearts out against all odds, against most of you in the national media. We're going to go lay out a story for a stronger more prosperous America.

CHUCK TODD: I understand why you want to continue to attack us. But I think it's misguided attacks there. I understand. Governor Mike Pence, I appreciate you coming on the program. Thank you, sir.

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