Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested during a rally in Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 27 that the election should be canceled, and he should be given the presidency (video below).
Trump told the crowd that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was going raise taxes on small businesses, and then made his pitch for a canceled election, to which the crowd cheered, notes ABC News:
What a difference this is! I'm just thinking to myself right now, we should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump, right? Why are we even having it for? What are we having it for? Her policies are so bad. Boy, do we have a big difference.
Clinton's website states: "America’s smallest businesses—those with one to five employees—spend 150 hours and $1,100 per employee making sure they comply with federal tax laws. That’s more than 20 times higher than the average for larger firms. Hillary will create a new standard deduction for small businesses—like the one available to individual filers."
Over on CNN, former Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod said of Trump's comments:
I think he's expressed some concern about how the election might come out if we actually hold one and whether he’s going to recognize the result of it. So, I am sure he'd prefer a situation where we could just by acclamation declare that he is President of the United States. But the numbers are the numbers, and they’re pretty daunting for him, right now.
The discussion you just had with [CNN analyst] Mark [Preston] speaks to it. He has so antagonized key constituencies in some battleground states, in many battleground states: College-educated women, Hispanics and other minorities, younger voters, that he has made it almost impossible for himself to climb this hill.
There is a little bit of truth in everything Donald Trump says, though, as in what every politician says. That is absolutely what Donald Trump shouldn’t be doing right now. We talked before the break about staying on message. Saying something like that just plays to the crowd, and he gets energy off of that, Wolf, but that doesn’t reach out to all of the constituencies that David just mentioned.