McCain: Accepting election results is 'American way'
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday slammed Donald Trump for saying he may not accept the outcome of the presidential election.
"I don’t know who’s going to win the presidential election. I do know that in every previous election, the loser congratulates the winner and calls them 'my president,' " McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, said in a statement.
"That’s not just the Republican way or the Democratic way. It’s the American way," he said, adding that Americans should "respect the decision of the majority even when we disagree with it. Especially when we disagree with it."
McCain didn't mention Trump by name in the statement. But it comes one day after the 2016 GOP nominee refused to say during the third presidential debate that he would accept the results of the election.
"I will look at it at the time. I'm not looking at anything now," Trump said at the Las Vegas debate.
With Democratic Hillary Clinton leading in most national polls, Trump is doubling down on his allegations of widespread voter fraud ahead of the Nov. 8 election, which he says will be "rigged" against him.
McCain rejected Trump's argument Thursday, stressing while there have been "irregularities" or fraud, they've never impacted the outcome of an election.