Krauthammer: "This Was Political Suicide," "You Don't Challenge The Legitimacy Of An Election"


CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Trump had a really good night, but here, the consensus is right. He blew it up by a totally wrong answer on accepting results. In some sense, I almost admire him for it. This was not a gaffe where you say something off the cuff and it's what you think, but it's wrong. You know that he had been coached on this. You know that his vice president had said off course, we'll accept the result and his campaign manager and daughter. And you know that he's convinced that this is something you wants to take a stand on.

This is political suicide. Because what is his task tonight? His task tonight was to stop the slide. The slide had to do with people who are grudgingly going over to Clinton who don't want to, who have held down for a year. But for three weeks said I can't have Trump. This is his opportunity to show them. They're not going to change their views on Clinton, but if they can change their views on Trump, to make him less toxic and acceptable as president, and less radical, yes, they want a change agent. They think the country is one the wrong track, but they don't want a radical that will challenge that foundations of the republic. Yes, you criticize conditions, you're going to change Washington etc. but you don't challenge the legitimacy of an election and holdup the prospect of actual nonacceptance. And when he did that, I think it was a terrible mistake.

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