Donald Trump gestures during last night's debate with Hillary Clinton.

Reuters

At a rally in Delaware, Ohio, Thursday, Donald Trump promised to accept the results of the looming election — on his terms.

 

"I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States, that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election —if I win," Trump said.

 

When questioned last night by debate moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News if he would accept the election results, Trump said he would look at them “at the time” and that he’s “not looking at anything now.”

 

The comments caused a firestorm, including within his own party.

 

“I didn't like the outcome of the 2008 election,” Arizona Sen. John McCain, that year’s Republican nominee, said in a statement Thursday. “But I had a duty to concede, and I did so without reluctance. A concession isn't just an exercise in graciousness. It is an act of respect for the will of the American people, a respect that is every American leader's first responsibility."