Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a rally in Ohio on Oct. 20 that he would respect the election results if he is the winner (video below).
Trump said: "I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters, and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election, if I win."
Right Wing Watch notes that Trump was firing back at mass criticism for refusing to confirm that he would support the election results during his debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Oct. 19.
Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona appeared to take a veiled swap at Trump in a statement that he released on Oct. 20, reports Fortune:
All Arizonans and all Americans should be confident in the integrity of our elections. Free and fair elections and the peaceful transfer of power are the pride of our country, and the envy of much of the world because they are the means to protecting our most cherished values, the right to liberty and equal justice.
I didn’t like the outcome of the 2008 election. But I had a duty to concede, and I did so without reluctance. A concession isn’t just an exercise in graciousness. It is an act of respect for the will of the American people, a respect that is every American leader’s first responsibility.
Whatever our differences we owe each other that respect, which we express by defending the democratic values and practices that protect us all.
I don’t know who’s going to win the presidential election. I do know that in every previous election, the loser congratulates the winner and calls them, "my president." That’s not just the Republican way or the Democratic way. It’s the American way.
This election must not be any different.
In more Trump news, Jim Murphy, the national political director of the campaign, announced on Oct. 20 that he was stepping away with only 19 days before the election.
Murphy said in a statement to POLITICO: "I have not resigned but for personal reasons have had to take a step back from the campaign."
Several Trump aides told the news site that Murphy has not been around in recent days.