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In Mexico, We Know What Happens When an Election's Loser Won't Admit Defeat

Leon Krauze - The Washington Post
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October 22, 2016

At a rally in Delaware, Ohio, Donald Trump joked about whether he would honor the outcome of the election. He said he will accept the result “if I win.” The GOP nominee later clarified things, saying he would “accept a clear election result,” but would reserve his right to contest a questionable result. (Bloomberg Politics)

When history comes to terms with Donald Trump’s dangerous provocations, few will stand out quite like his unparalleled refusal, during the third debate, to accept the presidential election’s results if he loses. Other candidates have fought tooth and nail over perceived (and, in some cases, arguably justified) electoral injustices, but nothing could have prepared the country for that most un-American of figures: the institutional saboteur.

Alas, we Mexicans know better.

For a decade and a half, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a charismatic and popular politician, has refused to accept adverse results in consecutive presidential elections. The decision sank Mexico into political paralysis for over six years, called into question the viability of some of the country’s young democratic institutions and darkened public discourse.

If Trump were capable of seeing Mexico as an ally and neighbor, rather than as an enemy that Americans and their jobs need protection from, maybe he’d learn from our recent history and recognize the danger in the approach he laid out this week.

Read the rest at The Washington Post

Related: Mexican Author Calls Trump His Own Worst Enemy (EFE)

Related: Politics Is Looking More ‘Latin American’ These Days (The Wall Street Journal)

Related: NY Times Attacks GOP on Using Vote Fraud as Fake Political Tactic, Compares Trump to Dictatorships (Media Research Center)

Related: Trump Lays Out Predictable 100-Day Plan as He Warns of Election Day Fraud (Slate)

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  Check out Democrats Abroad Mexico

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