It’s a long-standing tradition in American politics: Losing presidential candidates have conceded to their opponents for decades.
“Donald Trump is going to be our president,” said the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during her concession speech. “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
But political analysts say President Donald Trump isn’t expected to concede at all.
“This is a fraud on the American public,” President Trump said during an election speech. “This is an embarrassment to our country.”
While there’s no law that says he has to concede, Trump will be the first presidential candidate in recent history to ignore the tradition.
“It would be very unusual and certainly in the modern era,” said Eric Schickler, a political science professor at UC Berkeley. “We have not had a case where a defeated candidate hasn’t recognized that the candidate lost the election.”
Schickler adds if Trump does not concede in the coming weeks, his party will have to decide the next moves.
“I think the more important question becomes, what do other Republicans do,” he said.