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Moderator: “This question is for whichever of you have the guts to answer: The last time a Democrat nominee for president graciously accepted a losing result — that is, without claiming that they were cheated, that votes were stolen or suppressed, that Diebold rigged the outcome, or claimed that the process itself was unfair — was Michael Dukakis in 1988. If you are the Dems’ nominee and then lose the general election, will you:
- Concede graciously and immediately
- Issue a call to all Democrats for national unity, and to work with the duly elected president
- And condemn any and all continued activities by The Resistance.
“And if your answer is no, and you should in fact win the general election, explain why all the same tactics used against Donald Trump should not be applied to your new presidency.”
The election of Donald Trump represents the first time in American history that we did not have a peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next. Even though Lincoln’s election precipitated the Civil War, the seceding states didn’t say that Lincoln was illegitimate, or that he was a British spy, or anything analogous to what we have seen. They simply said they would rather not be part of a country that would elect Lincoln, which is actually more respectable than what the Democrats have been doing the last three years.