Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, on Aug. 15. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)
Mark Salter is a Republican speechwriter and former Senate chief of staff.

Donald Trump wins. He always wins. He has the best of everything — the best business, best campaign, best message, best crowds, best debates, best brain, the best life.

How could he lose? He can’t. He’s told us that a million times. Look at the size of his crowds. Who gets crowds that huge? Not Little Marco or Lyin’ Ted or Tired Jeb or Goofy Kasich. And not her!

But the dishonest media won’t show his crowds. They show the protesters and the establishment weenies complaining about their hurt feelings. They run phony polls favoring Hillary Clinton’s voters over his. If he doesn’t win, it can only mean one thing: They stole it from him.

As he did at various points during the primaries (and as he did on Mitt Romney’s behalf on election night in 2012), Trump is now complaining that the general election is rigged against him. As evidence, he cites the media’s treatment of him, the FBI’s refusal to arrest Clinton and alleged, but unspecified, voting irregularities in 2012. His longtime political adviser, Roger Stone, has urged him to make the “I was robbed” case in advance of a non-concession speech. Stone didn’t explain why the Clinton campaign would need to steal something the polls indicate she could win in a landslide. But so far, Trump appears to be taking his advice.

For Trump, maybe it’s better to reject the legitimacy of our democratic practices than to be branded with the greatest of insults: “loser.” For the rest of us, though, a defeated major party presidential candidate refusing to accept the election results would be unprecedented.

Just what sort of angry, unsettling address could Trump give on Nov. 8 if he loses and doesn’t concede? If his supporters reject the legitimacy of the election, it could perpetuate his self-aggrandizement as a political cause. And a little rioting in service to that end might be a comforting prospect to a repudiated narcissist. The following is an imagined transcript of his election night speech — a last appeal to his supporters’ anger — composed of lines from Trump’s past speeches, interviews and, of course, his tweets.

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AUDIENCE: Trump! Trump! Trump!

TRUMP: Oh, wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! So beautiful.


I’m so honored by this evening.

If you would’ve told me on June 16th, we came down the escalator in Trump Tower …


I’ll tell you what, it takes a lot of courage to run for president. This is something I’ve never done, but I felt we had to do it. I ran because we don’t win anymore. We don’t! We don’t win on anything.

I’m somebody coming in to make America great again. I’m here to do something positive.

We have great people. We have great people in our nation. No matter where we go, we fill up the arenas. The only thing that stops the crowds are the walls because we can’t get them in. It’s an incredible movement with incredible people. Incredible people. If we have 10,000 people, it’s like a small group. We had 35,000 people the other day. We have massive audiences everywhere we go. Hillary doesn’t, she has very poor audiences, she has empty seats all over the place.

But we’re running against a rigged system and we’re running against a very dishonest media. I always say, “Scan the room.” They don’t do it. Don’t believe these people. They’re bloodsuckers. They give you such false reporting. These people are the lowest form of life, I’m telling you. They are the lowest form of humanity.


All you have to do is take a look at the primary states where I’ve won and just look — we’ve gone from X number to a much larger number. That hasn’t happened to the Republican Party in many, many decades.


It’s almost — in some ways, like, I’m running against two parties.

Paul D. Ryan said that I inherited something very special, the Republican Party. Wrong, I didn’t inherit it, I won it with millions of voters!

I have guys out there, and they’re really sore losers. They should never be allowed to run for public office again because what they did is disgraceful.

The insiders wrote the rules of the game to keep themselves in power and in the money, I don’t think people really appreciate it because I see all of this money being poured into commercials and it’s not their money. It’s special interests’ money.

These are people that don’t necessarily love our country. They don’t have the best interests of our country at heart.


I’m a truth teller. All I do is tell the truth.

The system is rigged. I see it now, 100 percent. I see it with Bernie, too. Bernie Sanders never had a chance. He lost the FBI primary! Bernie, my poor Bernie, oh, Bernie! I feel so badly for Bernie.


Because of our rigged system that holds the American people to one standard and people like Hillary Clinton to another, it does not look like she will be facing the criminal charges that she deserves.


Hiding her corrupt dealings from investigators.

[Boos, hissing]

She’s a world-class liar. She may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency.

She’s the devil!

AUDIENCE: Lock her up! Lock her up!

TRUMP: Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble like never before. The voter ID situation has turned out to be a very unfair development. We may have people vote 10 times. It’s inconceivable that you don’t have to show identification to vote.

I warned you, the only way we could lose Pennsylvania is if cheating goes on. You had precincts where there were practically nobody voting for the Republican … how is it possible?

In Colorado, they’re going absolutely crazy because they weren’t given a vote. It is a crooked deal.

This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!

AUDIENCE: Sham! Sham!

TRUMP: It’s a disgrace to our country. It’s a crooked system.

AUDIENCE: Disgrace! Disgrace!

TRUMP: The Electoral College is a disaster for a democracy.


We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided! Let’s fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.

AUDIENCE: Fight! Fight! Fight!

TRUMP: I hope it doesn’t involve violence, and I’m not suggesting that. I hope it doesn’t involve violence and I don’t think it will. But I will say this: it’s a rigged system, it’s a crooked system, it’s 100 percent crooked.

AUDIENCE: Burn it down! Burn it down!

TRUMP: I am your voice! We will make America great again … or I’m going to have a very, very nice long vacation. Whatever.

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