Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would accept the election results “100 percent if it’s fair,” his son Eric Trump said Sunday.
“If it’s a fair outcome he’ll absolutely accept it, no question,” he said on ABC News’ “This Week.”
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Eric Trump about his father’s refusal at last week’s third presidential debate to say whether he would accept the outcome of the election. Donald Trump said the day after the debate that he would accept the results “if I win.”
Eric Trump also said his father had a right to defend himself from women accusing him of sexual assault.
In a campaign speech Saturday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Donald Trump laid out his plan for his first 100 days in office, after he complained about the rigged election and promising to sue the women who accused him of sexual assault.
“My father’s a guy who’s going to fight,” he said. “He’ll fight for this country. And he’s always fought for himself and, quite frankly, throughout this whole process he’s needed to fight for himself.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday that Trump was referring to scenarios in which a relatively small number of votes separated the candidates.
Priebus said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that voter fraud is not “some figment of people’s imagination.” He said Trump wants his supporters to “watch out for voter fraud that might occur.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s campaign bluntly acknowledged Sunday that he is trailing Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, as the presidential race hurtles toward a close, but insisted he still has a viable path to win the White House.
With barely two weeks left before the Nov. 8 election and early voting underway in most of the United States, Trump’s team said “the race is not over” and pledged to keep campaigning hard — even in states like Virginia and Pennsylvania that polls show are now trending Clinton’s way.
Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, speaking on “Fox News Sunday” and on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” laid out a path to the requisite 270 electoral votes that goes through make-or-break states Florida, Iowa, North Carolina and Ohio.
“We are behind. She has some advantages,” Conway said Sunday.
Yet she argued that Clinton’s advantages — like a slew of bold-name Democrats campaigning for her — belied her lack of true support.
“The current president and first lady, vice president, all are much more popular than she can hope to be,” Conway said.
Clinton held a 12-point lead over Trump — 50 to 38 percent — among likely voters in an ABC News poll released Sunday. Likely voters said they disapproved of Trump’s treatment of women and questions he raised about the legitimacy of the vote. The poll was conducted Thursday through Saturday.
On “Meet the Press,” Democratic vice presidential nominee and Tim Kaine said the campaign isn’t taking a Democratic victory for granted, despite most polls nationally and in battleground states showing Clinton ahead.
“If you look at our schedules for the next 17 days, you’ll know we’re not taking anything for granted. It’s been a series of surprises,” Kaine, a U.S. senator from Virginia, told host Chuck Todd.
Asked about emails released by WikiLeaks in which aides made disparaging remarks about Catholics, Kaine, who is Catholic, pointed to Clinton’s choosing him as vice president.
“Hillary Clinton’s feeling about faith and about Catholicism in particular is most demonstrated by the fact that she asked me to be a running mate,” he said.
Kaine also said he was wary of AT&T’s $85.4 billion deal to buy Time Warner, which the companies announced Saturday, but said he hadn’t yet had time to delve into details about the merger.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said the women accusing Trump of sexual assault had no contact with the Clinton campaign “that I’m aware of,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper.
“These accusations are not coming from our campaign,” Mook said.