Trump Campaign Manager Flees CNN Interview To Avoid More Questions About His Refusal To Accept Election Results

From CNN's October 19 post-debate coverage:

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DANA BASH: I have Kellyanne Conway, Mr. Trump's campaign manager. First question I have to ask you is -- frankly what we've all been talking about -- is Donald Trump saying the opposite of what you and his daughter [Ivanka] have said in the past 24 hours about whether or not he will accept the results of this election? Are you disappointed in -- are you disappointed in his answer? 

KELLYANNE CONWAY: I'm not disappointed in a thing tonight. I thought it was an amazing debate. And Donald Trump will accept the results of the election because he's going to win the election. So they'll be easy to accept. He won the debate tonight. Amazing performance. Getting back to all those core issues that really catapulted his campaign from the beginning, Dana jobs, trade, immigration, the failed foreign policy. 

BASH: You just told me he will accept the results. Why wouldn't he say that on the debate stage? 

CONWAY: Do you remember 2000 when Al Gore contested the election? I mean when he actually retracted his concession to Geroge W. Bush. He had called him --

BASH: But that's an extraordinary experience. 

CONWAY: Right, so we have extraordinary experiences. But you have to listen to everything he said. In fairness he's talking about a rigged, corrupt system. Many Americans agree with that. He's talking about a system where people feel like insiders, like Hillary Clinton, and their moneyed cohorts get all the benefits on top of the fact that many in the media collude with them, conspire with them. 96 percent of the donations from working journalists went to Hillary Clinton. 


BASH: What you just said to me was that he will accept. So what you're telling me is that on election night if he is sort of waffling, you, as his campaign manager, will say, “Mr. Trump,” no matter what it is, I mean obviously it won't be a big deal if he wins, but if he doesn't you will say,  “Mr. Trump this is what is going to happen and you're going to accept these results.”

CONWAY: Absent evidence of widespread abuse and regularities, yes I would say that. But I actually think I will be saying to him   “Congratulations, Mr. President.” And I'll see you there. Two weeks. 

Bash: He also, Kellyanne, he also-- Back to you Anderson. 


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