Donald Trump on whether he’ll accept the election results: ‘I’m not going to just say yes’

Trump Meets with Retail Leaders

Chris Wallace got a lot of attention throughout the weekend for his exclusive interview with Donald Trump, which aired on his Fox News Sunday morning show. I waited to write about this, hoping that there would be a YouTube video and I wouldn’t have to talk about this using a million Twitter videos. Turns out, Fox News did put the entire 40-minute interview online. I think it’s dangerous as hell to allow Trump to just speak with no context, but… to be fair, Chris Wallace did a somewhat fair job or calling out Trump on his sh-t in real time.

Here’s a list of quotes or highlights:

On all of his lies about how the coronavirus would just “disappear”: “I’ll be right eventually. I will be right eventually. You know I said, ‘It’s going to disappear.’ I’ll say it again.”

On the consistent polling which shows him significantly behind Joe Biden: “I’m not losing, because those are fake polls.”

Whether he’ll accept the election results if he loses: “I have to see. Look … I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either.”

On the Confederate names being used for military bases: “I don’t care what the military says. I’m supposed to make the decision…. We’re going to name it after the Rev Al Sharpton? What are you going to name it?”

[Quotes via The Guardian]

Yes. The Mooch (remember him) called this interview a “Biden ad,” and I could definitely see Biden using some clips from this interview in ads. But the real gotcha moment was when Trump brought up one of his favorite subjects, which is how he passed a cognitive test recently.

Trump, 74, responded by asking that Biden, 77, immediately take a cognitive test. The president said last week that he “aced” an unspecified test. It is assumed he is referring to a cognitive assessment from 2018. Wallace, 72, said he had also taken the test, after seeing the president had.

“It’s not the hardest test,” he said. “They have a picture and it says ‘What’s that’ and it’s an elephant.”

Trump said Wallace was misrepresenting the test, a screening assessment widely used by doctors.

“I’ll bet you couldn’t. They get very hard, the last five questions,” he said.

[From The Guardian]

It’s not funny. Neither is the Kanye West thing, incidentally. Beyond the conversations about mental illness, dementia, cognitive decline and all that… we need a conversation about why people are drawn to these men. Trump is such a pathetic loser, sadly grasping to attach himself to some old greatest hits of racism or personal attacks or whatever. People are dying.

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  1. Tanguerita says:

    I just finished reading Mary Trump’s book – it’s chilling. The world needs to gear up for the worst.

    • Diana says:

      Reading it now. It’s going to take me forever to finish because the book is so disturbing that I just can’t stomach it for too long a period at a time. I am so worried that this election cycle seems so similar to 2016 when Hillary was way ahead and Trump kept shooting himself in the foot and people thought he was done. We are no where near safe and need to vote so hard. The GOP will cheat like their lives and bank accounts depend on it.

      We will not survive another term of this president!!!!

      • Ivon says:

        Same here reading it now, but can stomach only so much in one sitting. I know it’s all things we knew about him but still it’s just so vile and disturbing.

      • Sean says:

        I wish people would stop saying Trump will have just “another term”. If he’s not voted out and removed, that’s it. American democracy will be finished. They will change laws to allow him, his family and enablers to say in power.

    • Sean says:

      The book was interesting for sure. I felt so bad for Freddy Trump. The man was actually the first self-made man in the Trump family since Frederick Trump. And he did it all legitimately. He had a passion for flying and became a successful airline pilot with a good job and benefits. He could (and should) have taken his wife and children and moved far away from his father.

      Sadly, Fred’s grip was so strong on his family that his children always sought his approval. However, only Donald was the recipient of that approval because he had a personality his father could use. Not because Fred actually liked him.

      It’s a shame none of them realized Fred was a POS, said “eff it” and left him in the dust.

    • Emma33 says:

      I’m listening to it on audiobook. My mother had NPD (narcissistic personality disorder), like Trump. When Mary said how stunned she was when trump won – because the dysfunctional family dynamics would now be played out on a national level – I groaned inwardly because I related so well.

      My mum died last year of alcoholism, in full narcissistic denial of her drinking. When we were dealing with the crazy turmoil of last year it was quite bizarre to see Trump exhibiting the same kinds of behaviors but on the world stage! Really tragic.

      I think this is one of the best Trump books and is highly worthwhile reading.

  2. TheOriginalMia says:

    He’s going to make the period between Nov 4-Jan 20 the scariest time for the US. He’s going to be like a caged animal lashing out at everyone and the Republicans will enable him as much as possible. But…if they Democrats can hold him in check, he’ll be escorted out of the WH by the marines.

    • Aang says:

      We may have all disappeared into unmarked vans by then. I think Portland is just the beta test for a mass round up if he doesn’t win.

    • Esmom says:

      I don’t know. I think there’s a part of him who would be relieved to lose and get back to his old life, if that’s even possible. He never wanted this job, the work. He only wanted to win to collect the title of POTUS to help his business (I’m sick just typing that).

      I think he and his family enjoy the power but they’ve also all been in so far over their heads for so long that I think they’d be happy to walk away.

      • Cocococococo says:

        I agree. It was the winning that appealed to him not the work.
        It’s his ego that won’t tolerate losing a second term

      • Case says:

        I agree with this. I know he loves the power and adoration of his base and has carried out horrific acts as president, but ultimately I do believe he wishes he could just go back to his old life. I mean, he practically lives his old life now, just eating and watching TV and blaming everyone else for his problems. He thought he could be a wartime president and couldn’t tackle a pandemic even with the many successful examples of other countries to follow. He has no interest in this job.

      • Sean says:

        Trump has created a catch-22 for himself.

        He doesn’t want to govern but the moment he leaves office, he has numerous federal and state charges waiting for him.

        He doesn’t want to stay but he can’t leave.

      • MaryContrary says:

        I totally agree. I don’t think he wanted to win to begin with-he never really thought he would. I always remember the look on his face when he went to the Oval Office to meet with Obama after the election-it was legit like “what the hell have I gotten myself into.” He’s just such a narcissist and a-hole and blowhard-he’s just going to talk his usual crap but then he’ll slither back to Mar a Lago where he can golf, tweet and give constant nonsense interviews. I also expect him to go on the road so his cult members can go to rallies to stoke his ego.

      • Jerusha says:

        I’m not so sure. Losing is anathema to him, so when he DOES lose 11/3, he will be an enraged psycho. He will litter the WH with destructive EOs, he will hand out pardons will-nilly, he will cause as much chaos as possible.

    • SJP-NYC says:

      It is not a given that he will lose. Please, please, please get out there and vote when needed. I remember feeling pretty good last time because the polls told me not to worry and ended up in tears on election night.

    • Sojaschnitzel says:

      Not only dangerous for the US. Here in europe we’re worried and slightly scared aswell. The guy has access to nuclear weapons but not to blood circulation in his brain. Freaking scary thing to be dependant on his mood swings.

      • Lady Keller says:

        If you think Europe is worried, guess how Canada feels.

      • Jaded says:

        I’m Canadian – I can actually see Washington State from my balcony – and I’m scared shitless about what’s going to happen. He will likely get voted out but it’s the period of time between November and January that will be hellish. A second civil war is about to erupt and Trump and his humpers will see to it that anarchy and chaos abound. He won’t go out easily and I sure hope Biden and his family have top level security in place 24-7.

      • 10KTurtle says:

        Not just the nukes- he can crash global markets with his idiotic statements, too.

  3. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    He’s in narcissistic meltdown.
    The people who enable him are drawn to being ‘made to feel good’. And a number of his supporters have said they don’t care that he lies. They just don’t care.

  4. Miranda says:

    Whatever happened to those “let’s mob Area 51” people? Should we get them to devise a plan to march on that hideous if-Liberace-built-Versailles mess down in Florida? Just in case? I’m in NYC, I think we could probably storm Trump Tower. Does anyone know where to buy a really tall pike?

  5. NoWords says:

    Have we ever had a president so blatantly and so often trample on the constitution like Trump does? He’s been hinting at this for a while. And his supporters, “the real American patriots”, back this destruction of the constitution (because that makes about as much sense as screaming, “iF yOu DoN’t LoVe AmErIcA tHeN yOu CaN lEaVe” while flying the Confederate flag 🤦‍♀️). It’s some real doublethink and doublespeak.

    • Miranda says:

      His supporters love their country in the same way that a stalker loves his/her victim. America needs file a restraining order.

      • NoWords says:

        We literally ARE in an abusive relationship with this administration. Hopefully our restraining order will be him and his cronies getting locked up for the rest of their lives. I’m so terrified for November. I feel sick thinking about it.

  6. Hello Cutie Pie. One of us, is in deep trouble says:

    The republicans will live (scratch, BS, lie, cheat, steal) to fight another day. If Trump loses; the GOP will claim they never fully supported him,How they were hostages to a power hungry megalomaniac.

  7. KellyRyan says:

    Known sociopaths, BTK Killer, Ted Bundy. Drumpf has been diagnosed by professionals, Bandy X Lee, Mary Trump. Sociopaths have no moral constraints and are dangerous. Lying, harm to others is their norm. Interesting and frightening to see Drumpf in the position he is in with so damn much power. The more fearful, paranoid he becomes the more he will act out. I continue to hope he’ll hit a mental or physical break and be hospitalized.

  8. Eleonor says:

    I really hope you get rid of this orange dictator and immediately after you change the constitution to prevent something like this happening again.
    I can’t believe people believe him when he says “covid will disappear”.

    • fluffy_bunny says:

      When is it scheduled to “disappear”? You’d think if that was possible they wold have already done it. Is the entire world colluding to take down Trump with a pandemic?

  9. Izzy says:

    This is what I’ve been afraid of since 2016. He refuses to leave office and then what? Who gets him out? Secret Service? The military?

    • Jaded says:

      It all depends on how close a race it is. If it’s a landslide victory for Biden and Trump doesn’t concede then the military would be called in to forcibly remove him and his personal stuff. If it’s a close race then there are numerous ways in which he could force a recount, claim fraudulent voting, etc. etc. This is a good article on the how Trump and the GOP could, God forbid, hold things up.

    • EliseM says:

      When a new President is elected, the transfer of power happens on Jan. 20th at noon. He can say he is not leaving, but at that point he is a squatter. He will be removed and handled like a common civilian at that point. I think his spewing word salad is just that.

      • NatureLover says:

        @ Jaded, thank you for including the article from Washington Monthly. It gave me a scary scenario of what could happen should Drumpf not concede if he loses. It’s actually terrifying and I am now imagining that Drumpf dirty attorneys are already scheming to present lawsuits to question the outcome of the election.

  10. Allergy says:

    What drives me crazy that he is even asked this. It probably didn’t enter his polyp size brain that he wouldn’t leave, if he lost, but now that it’s asked and mentioned a thousand times it has started to occur to him he might try to stay!
    Trump is like a revolting wart that just won’t budge.

    • Rocķy says:

      I agree. Ask him real policy questions like any other president and let him flounder for an answer. Let his incompetence shine through. Stop making up imaginary issues.

    • Valerie says:

      He’s been asked once before, I forget by whom. That time, he said he would consider just leaving quietly.

  11. Teebee says:

    Comments are on fire today.

    Too bad this site isn’t a true snapshot of America’s conscience. We often preach to the choir here, as do pro-trump sites, no doubt.

    I will not rest until Election night. And even then, only one outcome will save us. AND EVEN THEN, who the hell knows what Trump will do. He’s proven to be the most spiteful, angry, arrogant but stupid, petty, vicious, morally decrepit, careless, unthinking, discompassionate, Self-serving, criminally-inclined president in modern times. That’s a lot of awfulness wrapped up in a single person that we expect to honour election results that are already being groomed to fail…

  12. Case says:

    “I will be right eventually. You know I said, ‘It’s going to disappear.’ I’ll say it again.”

    “Eventually,” lol. Like after there’s a viable, widely used vaccine?

    • Agirlandherdog says:

      I mean, the doomsdayers who scream about the world ending will be right eventually…

  13. Mina_Esq says:

    The last question checks if you are orientated to date, time and location. According to Trump, that’s the hardest question. This man is a complete imbecile. He will probably refuse to give up power and we will all realize that there is no mechanism to get him out. We all thought that there were protections in place to guard us against some of the stuff he has already done. Turns out – not so much, especially with Mitch heading the senate. Those cowards will sell out American democracy in order to hang on to their power.

    • NoWords says:

      On reddit people were talking about how they’ve had relatives take this test for dementia or they’ve given it to people they suspect are on the decline.

      I guess him passing a test for dementia was shocking. Not really the compliment he thought it was.

      • H says:

        @NoWords, I’m 53 and I took this test last year, as I’ve had some brain fog since the onset of menopause. Serious brain fog. Both my grandmothers died from Alzheimer’s, so I was terrified. Actually, Trump is correct, the test is “hard,” if you have cognitive decline, but its easy if your brain is working right. For the life of me, I couldn’t remember more than ten F words (you have to say as many as you can in like a minute). I nearly cried.

        At the beginning of the test, they give you words you need to recall at the END of the test. I think I remembered three of the five?

        Thank goodness, I did not test high enough to warrant the longer test, which means there is an indication of dementia or Alzheimer’s. They attributed my brain fog to ADD and menopause and I got put on medication. However, even on a bad day, I can articulate a sentence better than 45. There is no way he passed that test.

  14. Grace says:

    It’s like Gilead is upon us….

  15. T says:

    It was a dark day when this corrupt, sick man was elected into office. It is sickening that he has been allowed to stay in office unchecked and unhinged. If he is re-elected, I am truly frightened of what he will do, and all that he will destroy. And what the heck his re-election says about the people of this country.

    • NatureLover says:

      @T, I was shocked that he won. And you are right in that if he wins re-election, our country will become a burning pot of the planet with no ability to recover. I was also surprised that there are so many people in this country that are actually incredibly dumb that supported and continue to support this imbecile. I can’t hold a conversation with a Drumpf supporter to save my life. I have tried to have intelligent conversations with Drumpf supporters but they are incapable of having one. They stick to one positive aspect that they see in Drumpf and will not venture into anything else. I never realized how incredibly stupid and ignorant Americans were until now.

  16. Darla says:

    “we need a conversation about why people are drawn to these men. Trump is such a pathetic loser”

    God yes. I think it has a lot to do with daddy issues. And pity, coupled with guilt. I don’t know. It’s hodge podge. It’s a mess. My own brother idolizes trump. I mean idolizes. He told my mom Trump is the smartest man in the world last week. Please don’t laugh because he wasn’t kidding.

    • Christin says:

      No snark here – I am genuinely puzzled how he continues to “con” people and have them believe anything he says.

      It amazes me that roughly 30 percent of people don’t see the supposedly all-mighty wizard for what he really is. The curtain has been pulled back, and he is barely able to control the levers at this point.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        they were all so desperate to “own the libs” that they’ve built their whole existence/philosophy on him and his being “right” and “strong” and “winning” and if they had to admit that he isn’t EVER “right”, and he’s totally weak, and he’s a loser…their brain couldn’t take it, and so they avoid that scenario. it’s in their pathology.

        if he’s NOT all those things they think he is, then it becomes “what does that say about ME?!” they can’t handle facing that reality. so they simply don’t. I mean, he could get up at one of his Nazi rallies and be like “you are all so GD stupid…you believe anything I tell you. you’re a bunch of stupid sheep who would do whatever I tell you to do, even if it’s to beat up your own kids. you stupid f*cking hillbilly trash.” and they’d be like, “oh, he’s just kidding…he LOVES us!”

        I’ll say it again: “It’s easier to fool someone than it is to convince them they’ve been fooled”

  17. Jerusha says:

    I know the CB censor won’t allow me to post what needs to happen to him, so I won’t even try.

    I will say, however, that someone posted that test online and it’s very similar to the test my husband took before he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I bet that’s what they were testing him for, but told him it was an IQ test.

    • pottymouth pup says:

      they used the MoCA which is a standardized test. The part he’s describing is the naming section which features graphics of a lion, a rhino & a camel. I know there are 3 paper versions validated but I don’t know if the different versions feature different animals in the naming section, if not he announced at least 1 wrong answer he gave during the test when he talked about the elephant

  18. Digital Unicorn says:

    Of course he won’t accept the results if he doesn’t win – remember what Cohen said. He will NOT go quietly if he loses and the GOP will back him up, they’ve been setting things up to declare voter fraud to nullify an election result they don’t like for the past 4 years.

  19. Giddy says:

    I know everyone is worried that he will refuse to leave. However, we all know that he gets fidgety if he can’t get out of the WH. So, he’ll tell his Secret Service detail where he wants to go and they will agree. If en route he notices that the car or copter is headed somewhere else they can just say “Surprise! President Biden gave us new orders!” I would pay to see that!

  20. Hope says:

    He wants to be begged to stay and accept the nomination. He’ll threaten to not accept because the GOP has no backup plan – he’s their plan. That’s my theory anyway – he wants his ego fed and he knows he has all the power to make them dance like little puppets for him. They can’t break ranks now and turn on him or they will actually lose the election.

    I’m terrified he’ll win again. There are so many damn racist a-holes in this country it’s sickening.

  21. Savannah says:

    We all saw this coming. Dictatorship 101. Hopefully our constitution is strong enough to weather this storm. I cannot wait until this national nightmare is finally over.

  22. Valerie says:

    When and how will he be right? When exactly is “eventually”?

  23. KellyRyan says:

    Just picked this up on Twitter. Netflix 3 part series on Drumpf, NY and mob ties, 7/22. We need more of this. For anyone interested, Y/T Felix Sater, Drumpf and Scotland GC, more corruption.

  24. Sharonk says:

    Maybe his rage will give him a fatal heart attack. We can only hope.

  25. Rise and Shine says:

    Yeah Kaiser, and no it is not funny. In the least. I grew up around him and his selfish horrid kids and known them all since I was about 10. And I have said it before, he and they will get worse as this goes on. And they will. MY GOD! There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that he and they will do everything now and later to influence this election and NOT LEAVE. Personally, I think he could not care less, but they want Ivanka in next and if they are booted they are more likely to be prosecuted for all of their crimes. I am so saddened for our country and the world. Surreal times. We MUST get through this though, and we must all work to get people voting Blue, through and through! Start working to get out the vote. Our lives and our country depend on it.

  26. Yinyang says:

    Stop giving him any ideas