Trump didn’t create RIGGED ELECTION rhetoric. Republicans did.

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    Oct 18, 2016 2:57 PM GMT
    http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/10/17/13306116/trump-voter-id-fraudTrump is only amplifying what Republicans have been saying for years.

    Donald Trump is very publicly freaking out about election fraud. He has tweeted multiple times about it, complaining that the election will be rigged against him — conveniently, as Hillary Clinton’s lead in the polls continues to grow.

    It’s really no mystery where all this bluster — with no evidence of actual voter fraud to back it up — came from: the Republican Party.

    Over the past few years, Republicans in many states took an opportunity — enabled by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling — to pass a series of new restrictions on voting.

    Critics said the restrictions disproportionately hurt minority voters. But Republican backers, at least in public, have pointed to a single issue to defend the measures: voter fraud.

    A previous report by the US Department of Justice captured the sentiment among many Republicans: Rep. Sue Burmeister, a lead sponsor of Georgia’s voter restriction law, told the Justice Department that “if there are fewer black voters because of this bill, it will only be because there is less opportunity for fraud. [Burmeister] said that when black voters in her black precincts are not paid to vote, they do not go to the polls.” Other Republicans, such as North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Iowa Rep. Steve King, have similarly warned about the dangers of voter fraud.

    ...So there is a long history here. As unusual as Trump is in many ways, the idea of large-scale voter fraud is something that Republicans were perpetuating before Trump was their nominee for president.

    There’s just one problem: As much as Republicans and now Trump have freaked out about voter fraud, the evidence suggests it’s extremely rare — and it’s never swung a presidential election.

    How much in-person voter fraud was there between 2000 and 2014?

    Credible allegations of in-person voter fraud versus total ballots in national general elections:

    Credible allegations: .............. 35
    Total ballots: ......... 834,065, 296


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    Oct 18, 2016 3:01 PM GMT
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/18/politics/donald-trump-rigged-vote-twitter-2012/Sound familiar? Trump called 2012 vote a 'total sham'

    Meet the new Donald Trump, same as the old Donald Trump.

    The Republican nominee's disinformation campaign continued apace on Monday, as he suggested again to supporters that the November 8 election will be handed to Hillary Clinton by "large scale voter fraud."

    This follows a weekend of increasingly alarmist claims that the "distorted media," along with the Clinton campaign, "Saturday Night Live" and "many polling places," have banded together to deliver what Trump now clearly expects to be an Election Night disappointment.

    Though his efforts to undermine confidence in the American voting system are unprecedented among major party candidates, a look back at 2012 -- when Trump was a cheerleader for Mitt Romney -- tells us a lot about his 2016 tactics.

    Trump began that Election Day with a flurry of familiar complaints. He called out President Barack Obama on Twitter for playing basketball -- "That is why our country is in trouble!" -- and then blamed the Chinese for creating "the concept of global warming."

    But as the day wore on, the paranoia set in...
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    Oct 18, 2016 6:15 PM GMT

    A very candid Bill Maher speaks to CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria

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    Oct 18, 2016 6:19 PM GMT
    it's a shame that voter fraud is taking place, it's rigged.

    Vote Trump, MAGA!
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    Oct 18, 2016 6:21 PM GMT
    ELNathB said
    A very candid Bill Maher speaks to CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria

    Just more hyperbole from the corporate mainstream media as usual and the OP is dumb enough to believe it. If any party is trying to rig and steal the election, it is the corrupt, incompetent democratic party.
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    Oct 18, 2016 11:46 PM GMT
    ELNathB said
    A very candid Bill Maher speaks to CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria



    Maher got all that spot on.
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    Oct 19, 2016 3:12 PM GMT
    http://www.salon.com/2016/10/18/its-the-republicans-who-rig-elections-donald-the-gop-history-of-voter-suppression-goes-way-back/It’s the Republicans who rig elections, Donald: The GOP history of voter suppression goes way back