According to Reuters, Donald Trump’s newest campaign pitch is that the election results are being rigged ‘at many polling places’.
“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD,” Trump tweeted Sunday.
And as usual, he is saying this without proof.
Two months ago, a Washington Post found only 31 credible cases of impersonation fraud out of more than 1 billion votes cast in elections from 2000 to 2014. Arizona State University studies in 2012 and 2016 found similarly low rates.
Trump’s claims comes after his vice-presidential running mate, Mike Pence said Republicans would accept the election results come November 8.
Things really haven’t been looking good for Trump since his first debate with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Presidential candidate.
Many felt Hillary had done better in her delivery during the debate. Trump doesn’t seem like he’s had a break ever since.
Just last Friday, a Hollywood Access video tape was released with Trump boasting about what could be seen as sexual assault against women.
Now, Trump is trailing behind Clinton by 7.1 per cent.
So, these events make it easy to see why Trump would make this claim. He thinks he is going to lose.
Trump has a history of blaming the election process when he does not have his way.
Last month, Trump told supporters at a rally in Pennsylvania “The only way they can beat it, in my opinion, and I mean this 100%, is if in certain sections of the state they cheat.” Business Insider says Clinton had been leading Trump by 11 points.
In February when Iowa held its caucuses, Trump accused Ted Cruz of cheating after coming second to Cruz.
Trump tweeted, “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it.” Forty minutes later he tweeted, “That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!”
This shows that Trump is consistent in one thing at least: pointing fingers.
At this point I don’t think anything Donald Trump does will surprise me. I’m grateful though because he continues to make the U.S election really entertaining. This is almost better than cable.
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