[Ed. – For a simple answer to the title question, just look back to 2016.]
For weeks, there have been news reports and commentary on whether President Trump will “accept” the results of November’s election. The president started it on July 19 when he was asked, on Fox News Sunday, “Can you give a direct answer you will accept the election?”
“I have to see,” Trump said. “I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time, either.”
The answer set off a long trail of headlines: “Trump declines to say whether he will accept November election.” “Trump won’t commit to accepting result if he loses election.” “Trump not ready to commit to election results if he loses.” The president has continued to stir the pot since then, most notably with a tweet asking whether, because of potential problems with voting by mail, the Nov. 3 election should be postponed.