It is two days after the final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, yet the pundit class is still in a tizzy over Trump's refusal to say he would accept the results of the election if he lost. The matter has been overblown because Trump worded his answer poorly. He should have said something along the lines of, “If I legitimately lose, I will accept the will of the people.” In spite of his poor word choice, Trump's sentiment is valid. He has every right to verify the legitimacy of election results before conceding a loss.
Sixteen year on, the results of the 2000 elections still burn in the minds of the political left. The idea George W. Bush was “Selected, Not Elected” is still a popular meme among liberals. It remains a talking point for Al Gore as he campaigns for Clinton. Clinton herself declared gore the legitimate winner as late as last week. It is not merely campaign rhetoric, either. Gore refused to concede—and was encourage not to do so by the left—until the Supreme Court presented him with no other choice. So for the left, it is do as I say, not do as I do when it cones to election results.
How quickly the left also forgets their own claims of rigged elections. Recall the speeches allowed on the house floor after the 2004 election so Democrat members could vent their conspiracy theories Bush had stolen the election from John Kerry. Not a single House member who spoke has recanted his or her position.
The truth of the matter is not anger over trump's alleged contempt for democracy by expressing a wait and see attitude over election results. The problem is Trump is challenging the left's perceived right to rule over the masses. As noted in the discussion above of the 200 and 2004 elections, the left connect conceive of legitimately losing an election. Surely the ungrateful masses would never reject their benevolence! Trump has usurped their election trope and in the process cast doubt on the left's right to political power. It is an enjoyable sight to behold.