Trump could buck US tradition of conceding defeat

For generations, losing U.S. presidential candidates have conceded to their opponents after bruising elections. President Donald Trump could be the first presidential candidate in modern times to ignore a tradition that supports peaceful transitions. (Nov. 12)

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HILLARY CLINTON: Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.

MITT ROMNEY: I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory.

AL GORE: This is America, and we put country before party. We will stand together behind our new president

ERIC SCHICKLER: A candidate, if they lose the election, acknowledging that publicly, and acknowledging its legitimacy has been really central to American democracy.

JOHN MCCAIN: I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our goodwill.

ERIC SCHICKLER: In a way, it's a kind of gesture of continuity to your supporters, and to the country as a whole, that this is the point in which we need to, at least in some way, come together.


DONALD TRUMP: This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country.

ERIC SCHICKLER: But certainly in the modern era, we have not had a case where a defeated candidate hasn't recognized that the candidate lost the election.

DONALD TRUMP: We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election. We did win this election.

JOHN VILE: I think it undermines confidence in the government when a candidate is unwilling to concede, but will it affect the outcome, no, it will not.