There was a third debate this week. Kurtz wrote that Trump did well for 89 minutes but wiped that out in one minute by something he said.
What Trump said:
WALLACE: Mr. Trump, I want to ask about one must question in this topic. You have been warning at rallies recently that this election is rigged and that Hillary Clinton is in the process of trying to steal it from you. Your running mate Governor Pence pledged on Sunday that he and you, his words, will absolutely accept the result of this election. Today your daughter Ivanka said the same thing. I want to ask you here on the stage tonight, do you make the same commitment that you will absolutely, sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of the selection?
TRUMP: I will look at it at the time. I'm not looking anything now I will look at it at the time. What I've seen, what I've seen it so bad. First of all the media is so dishonest and so corrupt and the pile on is so amazing that the New York Times actually wrote an article about it that they don't even care. It's so dishonest and they poison the minds of the voters but unfortunately for them I think the voters are seeing through it.
TRUMP: I think they’re going to see right through it. We will find out on November eighth but I think they’re going to see through it. Excuse me Chris if you look at your voter rolls you will see millions of people that are registered to vote, millions, this isn't coming for me this is coming from Pew Report and other places millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn't be registered to vote so let me just give you one other thing.How the Associated Press's Julie Pace -- implicated as a Friend of Hilary's in the WikiLeaks scandal -- reported this:
Threatening to upend a fundamental pillar of American democracy, Donald Trump refused to say Wednesday night that he will accept the results of next month's election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee declared Trump's resistance "horrifying."Really? Given the fact that Democrats rigged their nomination process in favor of Julie Pace's candidate, what is "horrifying" is that the election could be rigged.
Rather than ripping Julie Pace for miscasting Trump's words and then letting his opponent cast him as "horrifying,"
The answer is still inexplicable.
It’s inexplicable because the media-savvy billionaire handed his media antagonists a club with which to beat him.
It’s inexplicable because Chris Wallace gave him a chance to retreat after his initial, defiant answer.
It’s inexplicable because the ultra-obvious question came up in debate prep and that was not what Trump’s team wanted him to say. In fact, Kellyanne Conway and Mike Pence, among others, were out on television saying that their guy wasn’t talking about the electoral system being “rigged,” just the incredible unfairness of the media. They stuck to that line even after the boss seemingly contradicted them by tweeting about heavy-duty voter fraud. And Trump surrogates I spoke with made no effort to hide their disappointment at his debate answer.What is quite explicable is that the media would ignore Trump's triumph and concentrate on a small item that the media misquoted and mischaracterized. This would be like the media concentrating on the two hits Kershaw gave up on Sunday, and not his seven innings in the Didgers's 1-0 shutout in the playoffs.
This is what teh political press does: attack Trump in a style Pravda went after Stalins enemies.
What is inexplicable is that Kurtz would throw away his credibility defending this.
Instead of blaming the victim, Kurtz should go after the perps.
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