Dès le premier débat des candidats républicains (Chris Wallace de Fox News animait le débat avec deux de ses collègues), le 6 août 2015, Donald Trump avait annoncé la couleur. A la toute première question posée aux dix candidats présents sur scène (les 7 petits candidats avaient eu un débat un peu plus tôt ce même jour), il n’avait pas hésité une seconde à affirmer qu’il ne pouvait s’engager à soutenir celui qui serait choisi au terme des primaires et à ne pas se présenter sous une bannière autre que celle des Républicains. Donald Trump lève la main sous les huées de la foule. Quelques mois plus tard, il sera le candidat républicain. Ci-dessous la transcription du dialogue.
BAIER: Gentlemen, we know how much you love hand-raising questions. So we promise, this is the only one tonight: the only one. Is there anyone on stage, and can I see hands, who is unwilling tonight to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the Republican party and pledge to not run an independent campaign against that person.
Again, we’re looking for you to raise your hand now — raise your hand now if you won’t make that pledge tonight.
Mr. Trump to be clear, you’re standing on a Republican primary debate stage.
TRUMP: I fully understand.
BAIER: The place where the RNC will give the nominee the nod.
TRUMP: I fully understand.
BAIER: And that experts say an independent run would almost certainly hand the race over to Democrats and likely another Clinton.
You can’t say tonight that you can make that pledge?
TRUMP: I cannot say. I have to respect the person that, if it’s not me, the person that wins, if I do win, and I’m leading by quite a bit, that’s what I want to do. I can totally make that pledge. If I’m the nominee, I will pledge I will not run as an independent. But — and I am discussing it with everybody, but I’m, you know, talking about a lot of leverage. We want to win, and we will win. But I want to win as the Republican. I want to run as the Republican nominee.
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Quatorze mois plus tard, Donald Trump récidive. Chris Wallace fait référence aux déclarations de Donald Trump sur le fait que les élections seraient truquées et lui demande à s’il soutiendra le vainqueur de l’élection le 8 novembre prochain. Donald Trump ne répond pas à la question ou plutôt répond qu’il se décidera alors. Ci-dessous les échanges avec Chris Wallace.
Wallace: Mr. Trump, I want to ask you about one last 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 this stage tonight do, you make the same commitment that you will absolutely, sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of this election?
Trump: I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now. I will look at it at the time. What I’ve seen, what I’ve seen is so bad. First of all, the media is so dishonest and so corrupt. And the pile-on is so amazing. The New York Times actually wrote an article about it, that they don’t even care. It’s so dishonest. And they have poisoned the minds of the voters. But unfortunately for them, I think the voters are seeing through it. I think they’re going to see through it. We’ll find out on November 8.
Wallace: But sir —
Trump: Excuse me, Chris, if you look at your voter rolls, you will see millions of people registered to vote. This isn’t coming from me, from fury 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 as I talk about the corrupt media. I talk about the millions of people. I tell you one other thing. She shouldn’t be allowed to run. She’s guilty of a very, very serious crime. She should not be allowed to run. And just in that respect I say it’s rigged. Because she should never — Chris, she should never have been allowed to run for the presidency based on what she did with e-mails and so many other things.
Wallace: Sir, there is a tradition in this country, in fact one of the primes of this country is the peaceful transition of power. And that no matter how hard fought a campaign is, that at the end of the campaign, that the loser concedes to the winner. Not saying that you’re necessarily going to be the loser or the winner. But that the loser concedes to the winner, and that the country comes together in part for the good of the country. Are you saying you’re not prepared now to commit to that principle?
Trump: What I’m saying is I’ll tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense, okay?
Clinton: Let me respond to that, because that’s horrifying.
Every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction, he claims whatever it is is rigged against him. The FBI conducted a year-long investigation into my e-mails. They concluded there was no case. He said the FBI was rigged. He lost the Iowa caucus. He lost the Wisconsin primary.
He said the Republican primary was rigged against him. Then Trump University gets sued for fraud and racketeering. He claims the court system and the federal judge is rigged against him. There was even a time when he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged.
Trump: Should have gotten it.
Clinton: This is a mind-set. This is how Donald thinks. And it’s funny, but it’s also really troubling.
Clinton: Now that is not the way our democracy works. We’ve been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair election. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them. And that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election. You know, president Obama said the other day when you’re whining —
Ce point a ensuite été repris en boucle par les commentateurs et les journalistes, à juste titre. La démocratie n’est pas entièrement définie par le processus électoral mais le vote est le moyen par lequel le peuple décide de sa destinée. La démocratie ne peut fonctionner que si les règles sont respectées et acceptées par tous. Semer le doute sur le bon fonctionnement des institutions est inqualifiable et ne pas pouvoir répondre à cette question simple est le signe très clair que Donald Trump n’est pas vraiment un démocrate. Peut-être pense-t-il qu’il pourra rester au pouvoir et présider les Etats-Unis comme il dirige son entreprise depuis plus de 30 ans ?
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