Donald Trump’s charges of a rigged election and his aversion to being labeled a loser in anything he undertakes means he will very likely not concede if he loses the presidential race.
That is undermining to our democracy, since a prompt concession speech by the losing candidate removes any doubt among those who supported the loser about who is the new president. It is a stabilizing factor in times of uncertainty, but a candidate does not have to concede for a winner to be seated.
A concession speech is also a chance for the defeated candidate to say how they would like to be remembered.
Mitt Romney said, “The election is over, but our principles endure.” George Bush said, “I’m going to serve and try to find ways to help people.” John McCain said, “This is an historic election. This is the greatest nation on earth.”
If Donald Trump loses the election I expect him to say, “I was robbed” and “Hillary is a crook.” To each his own.
Martin H. Levinson