If there is a Civil War II, the first verbal shot may have been fired tonight.

At the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas Wednesday night, GOP Nominee Donald Trump refused — twice — under direct questioning by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News — to say he would accept the decision of the American voting public on November 8.

This is a disqualifying moment for Trump and for any GOP leader who does not outright condemn Trump’s remarks.

“I will look at it at the time,” said Trump, launching into a soliloquy about how the media has it in for him and how the overall election is rigged against his campaign.

“That’s horrifying,” Clinton shot back, offering several examples of Trump blaming his personal setbacks and disappointments on others’ cheating or rigging of the events, including The Apprentice getting passed over for an Emmy.

“Should have gotten it,” Trump blurted back.

It remains to be seen how GOP leaders like Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and RNC Chairman Reince Preibus will respond to this most basic challenge to the most sacred tenent of American Democracy.

In one of the final presidential debate’s most bitter and extraordinary exchanges, the Republican nominee reiterated allegations that the race is being “rigged,” especially by the “dishonest” media.

“Millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn’t be registered to vote,” insisted Trump, adding that Clinton “should never have been allowed to run for the presidency” because of her decision to maintain a private email server at her home while secretary of state.

Debate moderator Chris Wallace pointed out that the peaceful transition of power is a proud U.S. tradition, and that the loser concedes for the good of the country.

“Are you saying you’re not prepared now to commit to that principle?” Wallace asked.

“I’ll keep you in suspense, okay?” Trump replied.

This is just the sort of dog whistle that will attract the folks Trump called “Second Amendment people” with their “Second Amendment solutions.” No matter how large the expected Clinton victory will be two weeks from Tuesday. there will be a hardcore cadre of Trump supporters will will be more than happy to take up arms against the government that denied a small majority their desired electoral result.

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Retired from his position as a writer/editor at the National Institutes of Health, Bill Schmalfeldt saw the willingness of a cadre of right wing idiots to destroy the life of an ex-con who had re-entered public life having served his time. He spoke out against this pack of hyenas and paid for it with false attacks on his own reputation and filthy, foul and profane mockery surrounding the death of his wife in 2015. Unbroken, Bill continues to write for Breitbart Unmasked and his private blog, http://theclintoniconoclast.com.

    This campaign has made it as obvious as it can be, that Trump has a sickening disregard for the rule of law, generally. Fortunately for this country’s future, it simply doesn’t matter if he accepts the results of the election or not. Once the returns have been certified, and the electoral college votes, it’s over. Trump can spend the rest of his life not accepting the results, and it will not matter one bit.