In the final presidential debate of 2016 held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Donald Trump needed to make up ground on his faltering campaign, as he's well behind in most polls. Instead he caused more grief and negative headlines for his campaign by sinking deeper into the fever swamps of conspiracy theories of a "rigged" election.
He told debate moderator Chris Wallace that he wouldn't necessarily accept the results of the election on Nov. 8th.
It's a disqualifying position for any presidential candidate to hold. But this is Trump and he's hired the King of the fever swamps, Breitbart's CEO Steve Bannon to lead him.
Donald has run on nothing but insults and xenophobia and it's apparent in the way that he behaves. He believes he's above all Americans, which now includes urinating on our storied electoral process.
Trump supporters will still love his performance because he repeatedly attacked Hillary, but he didn't do or say anything remotely helpful for a general election.
At the beginning of the debate, Trump acted measured and self assured, but his first response to a question about the direction of the Supreme Court was to immediately bash Justice Ginsburg for comments she made about him which she later apologized for.
As hard as he tried at the outset not to fall into the same traps that marred his earlier debates, he just couldn't do it.
On the flip side, this was Hillary Clinton's best performance of the three. She showcased how preparation is paramount and it showed. She had a firm grasp of the issues, deflected away questions about the Clinton Foundation and Wikileaks and caused Trump to melt down over Russia and his support of Putin, forcing him to even defend Putin while praising Syria's Bashar Assad.
This is also the first time in the history of presidential politics when a candidate defended a government which is openly hostile to the United States.
Donald attacked her as much as he could, even calling her a liar, but she finally goaded him at the end of the debate over his taxes and as she was responding to a question on entitlements, Trump interrupted her and said, "She's a nasty woman."
He lost whatever remaining women that were on the fence in this election with that one short phrase.
After he finished talking about the Second Amendment and the Supreme Court, Trump flailed after he responded to Wallace's question and continually ignored the question before him and veered off into unrelated topics and issues.
When talking about abortion he repeatedly blurted out crazed phrases like "rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day' to reach out to his pro-life followers.
When they discussed trade, Hillary hit him hard on his use of Chinese steel in his own hotel in Nevada and she did it again, which irked Trump mightily, but he never responded to it, or denied it.
But he really nailed his coffin shut when Wallace brought up the constant complaints at his rallies over a "rigged election."
Chris Wallace asked Trump about his claims that Hillary Clinton \was stealing the election from him.
Wallace told Trump that since his running mate Gov. Mike Pence and his daughter Ivanka said they"will absolutely accept the result of this election," he asked, "Do you make the same commitment that you will absolutely -- sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of this election?"
Trump replied, "I will look at it at the time. I'm not looking at anything now. I'll look at it at the time."
The was another first in the history of American politics for a presidential candidate from one of the major political party's in America who is refusing to sanction the election results. That answer is also one Trump uses whenever he doesn't really want to answer a question.
It was ludicrous.
Trump began by attacking the media and said, "the media is so dishonest and so corrupt, and the pile-on is so amazing."
Chris Wallace tried to cut in and get a definitive answer and said,"But, sir, there's..."
Trump ignored him like he ignored so many topics of discussion that came up and went on a tangent about all the dead people still on the voting rolls and then he attacked Hillary Clinton's eligibility to run at all.
He said, "She shouldn't be allowed to run. It's crooked -- she's -- she's guilty of a very, very serious crime. She should not be allowed to run. And just in that respect, I say it's rigged... she should never have been allowed to run for the presidency based on what she did with e-mails and so many other things."
We are nineteen days away from Nov. 8th and Trump's response to a rigged election is his whining about Hillary's eligibility?
Wallace was stunned and cut back in, "But, sir, there is a tradition in this country -- in fact, one of the prides of this country -- is the peaceful transition of power and that no matter how hard-fought a campaign is, that at the end of the campaign that the loser concedes to the winner.'
Chris continued, "Not saying that you're necessarily going to be the loser or the winner, but that the loser concedes to the winner and that the country comes together in part for the good of the country. Are you saying you're not prepared now to commit to that principle?"
Trump responded by saying, "What I'm saying is that I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense. OK?"
This is the major story line from this debate and it makes Donald Trump a really bad loser as well as a dangerous man to the well being of the country. He is also trying to turn our elections into a reality show with a suspenseful ending.
Hillary Clinton called Trump's response "horrifying" and it truly was.
There's a possibility because of this egomaniac that blood will be shed on Election Day.
I imagine Speaker Ryan and Mitch McConnell will be hiding in a closet someplace rather than have to defend Trump on that one.