Huricane Juan
Toronto Star
  • Trump says he?ll ?totally accept? election results ? ?if I win?

    WASHINGTON?Donald Trump opened the door Thursday to the possibility he?ll contest the results of the presidential election if there?s a ?questionable result,? teasingly promising to fully accept the outcome ?if I win.?

    The Republican presidential nominee said he was reserving his right to ?contest or file a legal challenge? if he loses. The comments came a day after he sent shock waves through the campaign by saying in the final debate that he might not accept the results. Yet he brushed off the likelihood of that happening with a confident prediction that ?we?re not going to lose.?

    ?I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election,? Trump said. Then after letting that vow hang in the air for a few seconds, he added, ?If I win.?

    Trump?s campaign was reeling from near-universal astonishment over his refusal to commit to the time-honoured American tradition of the election?s loser acceding gracefully to the winner. Trump has warned repeatedly of impending, widespread voter fraud, despite no evidence to support him and plenty of evidence to the contrary.


    Asked at the debate whether he?d accept the outcome, Trump said: ?I will tell you at the time. I will keep you in suspense.?

    As he entered the campaign?s final stretch on Thursday, Trump tried to turn the tables on Hillary Clinton by accusing her of ?cheating? and questioning whether Clinton should ?resign from the race.? He cited a hacked email that showed Clinton?s campaign was tipped off about a question she?d be asked in a town-hall meeting during the Democratic primary.

    ?Can you imagine if I got the questions? They would call for the re-establishment of the electric chair, do you agree?? Trump asked supporters at a rally in Ohio.

    Trump?s effort to shift the conversation back to Clinton centred on an email from longtime Democratic Party operative Donna Brazile to Clinton?s campaign in March with the subject line ?From time to time I get the questions in advance.? It contained the wording of a question about the death penalty that the email suggested Clinton would be asked. She was ultimately asked a version of the question at the CNN town hall.

    Brazile, who later became the acting Democratic National Committee chairwoman, was a CNN contributor at the time she sent the email to Clinton?s team. The email was one of thousands disclosed publicly by the site WikiLeaks after her campaign chairman?s emails were hacked. Clinton?s campaign has said Russia was behind the hack.

    Brazile has insisted publicly she didn?t get town hall questions in advance, but has not explained why she stated explicitly that she did in the email. Brazile and Clinton?s campaign have declined to confirm or deny the authenticity of the stolen emails, but there have been no indications they were doctored.


    ?She used these questions, studied the questions, got the perfect answer for the questions and never said that she did something that was totally wrong and inappropriate,? Trump said of Clinton. He said that Brazile should resign as the head of the DNC.

  • Ten pedestrians struck by vehicles in Toronto on Thursday morning

    Toronto’s morning rush-hour saw seven pedestrians struck by vehicles, with that number rising to 10 by noon, Toronto Paramedic Services say.

    “That’s unusual,” said Kim McKinnon, a spokesperson for the city’s paramedics.

    She said the injuries from the collisions on Thursday morning range from minor to more serious ones, some requiring hospital treatment. None were life-threatening.

    “Obviously, there is something about today and the weather and the status of the roads and people rushing that is causing these accidents.”

    McKinnon said she tends to see an increase in pedestrian collisions in the fall season, the same time that the days start to get shorter.

    “This is the first day so far in September and October where we’ve seen this amount of incidents in such a short time with pedestrians struck,” said McKinnon

    She hopes commuters in this city can learn something from the high number of collisions on Thursday morning.

    “Tonight, it would be great if people could pay a little more attention, knowing that there have been these instances this morning,” McKinnon said.

  • ?Nasty woman? and ?bad hombres?: what everyone?s talking about after Wednesday?s U.S. presidential debate

    Social media lit up with shock and horror Wednesday night after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump refused to say he’d accept the results of the U.S. election.

    The statement, an unprecedented move that breaks from democratic tradition, came during the third and final presidential candidates’ debate before Americans head to the polls next month.

    “I will look at it at the time,” Trump said. “I’ll keep you in suspense.”

    “That’s horrifying,” fired back Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

    In recent weeks, Trump has made the idea that the election is ‘rigged’ a prominent part of his campaign, despite sharing no evidence to prove those allegations. It’s continued through his recent slide in the polls following a series of sexual assault allegations that roiled his campaign.

    Should Trump lose the election — an outcome now suggested by the majority of scientific polling data — and not concede, it would be a first in the history of American presidential elections.

    In the moments after the debate, many of Trump’s allies, including his staff and Republican Party supporters, rushed to say the businessman-turned-GOP-nominee would, indeed, accept the results.

    But by then reams of social media users had taken to Twitter, most of them siding with Clinton. Some called Trump’s statements “dangerous,” while others said he was a “sore loser.”

    Even a few Republican officials voiced outrage, including senators Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake.

    Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham, a Trump supporter, also condemned his statement, saying “there is no other option.”

    However, many of Trump’s backers stood by his side, saying the GOP candidate would be right to not back down if there’s any evidence of voter fraud.

    But that was far from the only absurd, destined-to-be-viral moment of the night.

    Trump also described criminals of Latino descent as “bad hombres” and called Clinton a “nasty woman,” spawning jokes, outrage and even T-shirt designs online. One T-Shirt, available on Google Ghost, is giving 50 per cent of proceeds to Planned Parenthood.

    The “bad hombres” line, while offensive to many, was quickly turned into humour. Some thought it sounded like a band name, while others played with Trump’s pronunciation, calling it “bad ombre.”

    The “nasty woman” insult came during the last minutes of the debate, after Clinton threw in a dig at her rival while talking about her proposed tax policy. Trump interjected with one finger raised, shaking his head and calling Clinton “such a nasty woman.”

    But as with so many ugly moments during this presidential campaign, the barb had become a meme online before the night was over, with many using the hashtag #NastyWoman.

    Soon after, Google Ghost started selling a “Nasty Woman” T-shirt, with half the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. The website also started redirecting to Hillary Clinton’s website.

    Many jokes came from women who turned the insult into a point of pride.

    Meanwhile, some just couldn’t get past the absurdity of the moment.

    Trump didn’t mention the remarks on social media afterwards, but his supporters didn’t appear to take issue with them.

    Clinton, for her part, said afterwards that she “just didn’t pay any attention” to the remark. But her campaign made sure to tweet about it as well.

    Another tense but funny moment came when Clinton accused Trump o being a puppet of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Trump shouted back, saying, “No, you’re the puppet,” drawing comparisons to arguments more often found on a playground.

    Wednesday’s debate was the third and final between Clinton and Trump. American voters head to the polls Nov. 8.

Arts & Letters
Sunday, 12 August 2007