Trump Pre-Litigates That Election Is Rigged Unless He Wins

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    Aug 21, 2016 8:28 PM GMT
    NYT: As he seeks to revive his embattled candidacy, Donald J. Trump has seized on a new argument to rally his supporters and to explain away a possible defeat in November: that Democrats are preparing to exploit weak voter identification laws to win a “stolen election” through fraudulent voting.

    But Mr. Trump’s language has moved beyond his party’s call for rigid identification requirements and reviving unfounded claims that polls are “skewed” to predictions of outright theft of the November election. And his warnings have been cast in increasingly urgent and racially suggestive language, hinting that the only legitimate outcome in certain states would be his victory.

    In Pennsylvania, a state where he recently made such an argument on the campaign trail, Mr. Trump is currently well behind the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in polls. No Republican has won the state in a presidential election since 1988.

    Nonetheless, Mr. Trump has said the race could be snatched from him there. His campaign is urging people to sign up as election workers to watch voters as they cast their ballots on Nov. 8, fueling concerns about voter intimidation on Election Day.

    “The only way we can lose, in my opinion — I really mean this, Pennsylvania — is if cheating goes on,” Mr. Trump said at a rally on Aug. 12 in Altoona. A local Republican official introducing Mr. Trump was more specific, pointing to Philadelphia, a city with a large African-American population. That came days after Mr. Trump told a rally in Wilmington, N.C., that without strict voter identification laws, people would be “voting 15 times for Hillary.”

    Election law officials have expressed concerns that Mr. Trump’s incendiary words will create a self-fulfilling prophecy, all but ensuring there will be claims of fraud from his poll watchers and a delegitimization of the election results should Mrs. Clinton win.

    “It went from being laughable to be what I consider to be dangerous,” said Richard L. Hasen, a professor and election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law.

    Demonstrable episodes of widespread individual fraud have been hard to come by. According to a study by the nonpartisan Brennan Center in 2007, “by any measure, voter fraud is extraordinarily rare.”
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    Aug 21, 2016 8:49 PM GMT
    Throwing the US election into chaos. And possibly fulfilling in a different way Trump's threat that if he did't win the Republican Presidential nomination his supporters would riot.

    Every indication is that Trump cannot win. But if Clinton wins he's calling for riots in our streets?

    What kind of candidate is this? Can he not be stopped? The Republican Party is the only one who can do so with credibility. To block the unhinged Trump and prevent civil unrest.

    If there are riots when Trump loses I will blame the Republicans as much as their candidate Trump. The time to act is NOW!

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    Aug 22, 2016 11:51 AM GMT
    Trump and his cabal are following a common practice among losers : if you cannot win, obfuscate.