At the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, Donald Trump said that he wasn’t willing to say whether or not he would accept the results of the election, electing to say that he would “decide at the time”, and until then, “keep us in suspense”.
Obviously that is “horrifying”, as Hillary Clinton responded on the debate stage.
A peaceful transition of power is one of the basic tenets of our American democracy.
And here is proof.
In 1992, then Governor Bill Clinton beat former President George H. W. Bush, who was the republican incumbent. It was a tough loss for President Bush, who is one of just five presidents to only serve one term. The other four being Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Herbert Hoover, and William Taft.
But unlike Donald Trump, Bush has class, which is evident in the letter released by Hillary Clinton, that former President Bush left for President Clinton when he first entered the Oval Office.
The letter read:
When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too.
I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.
There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.
You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.
Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.
Good luck – George