Since Donald Trump’s campaign for president nosedived after his poor performance in the first presidential debate and the subsequent leak of a videotape where he bragged about forcing himself on women, he has become louder and more insistent in his claims that the election is rigged against him. It is now his main talking point at daily campaign rallies. Yesterday CNN quoted Trump at a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Monday:
“Remember, we are competing in a rigged election,” Trump said at a Wisconsin rally Monday night. “They even want to try and rig the election at the polling booths, where so many cities are corrupt and voter fraud is all too common.”
Trump’s claim that the election is rigged, not just by what he claims is a biased media, but at the polls themselves, was first sent out, as usual, in a tweet:
The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
Of course, anyone who takes the time to do basic research knows that voter fraud at the election polls is practically nonexistent in America. It is a lie, one of the many Trump has told throughout his run for president.
Trump’s fellow Republicans do not support Trump’s claim that the election is somehow going to be stolen from him at the polls. Even his running mate, Mike Pence, claimed that Trump didn’t really say that the polls themselves were rigged; instead, Pence and other Trump supporters have taken to the media to announce that what Donald really meant is that the liberal biased media tilted in favor of the Democratic nominee. They denied that the campaign intended to impugn the integrity of the voting process itself.
Oh no. Trump on Monday made his claim clear on his favorite late-night forum, Twitter, that the election is corrupt and rife with fraud like in a third world country in the 1960’s:
Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2016
President Obama yesterday addressed Trump’s claim of voter fraud in terms that, for Obama, were hilarious:
“I’d advise Mr. Trump to stop whining and try to go make his case to get votes,” Obama said at a White House news conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
“If whenever things are going badly for you, you start blaming somebody else, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job,” Obama continued. “There are a lot of time things don’t go our way or my way … that’s OK, you fight through it.”
Whiny-pants Trump may be relied upon to ignore the president’s advice to stop whining.
Never in the history of all the contentious presidential elections in this nation’s history has a major party nominee for president cast doubt on the very system by which our democracy selects its leaders. A peaceful transfer of power with all candidates bowing to the will of the people has been a hallmark of American democracy for over 240 years, and is often held up as a model for other countries to follow. For a candidate to question the system itself, without the first shred of evidence, is beyond irresponsible. Donald Trump has made it clear that he will not peacefully accept the result of the election if he loses, and, again like a would-be third world dictator, has announced he will throw his political opponent Hillary Clinton in jail in the highly unlikely event he does win.
Beyond his racism, his xenophobia, his misogynistic attacks on women based on looks and body type, his bragging about getting away with unwanted sexual advances, his broad attacks on entire nations and religions, his daily barrage of lies, his embrace of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, his complete ignorance of how constitutional government works, and his equivalent ignorance of foreign policy and diplomacy, Trump’s questioning the integrity of our very democracy renders him unfit for any office, much less the highest office in the land, without regard to his numerous other deficiencies.
Donald Trump is a threat to the Republic, and in making his irresponsible and unsupported claims of fraud at the voting booth he has done damage to our faith in the system, a faith that is critical to maintaining a peaceful society. If he were elected president the additional damage he could inflict on the country and the world is incalculable.
It cannot be allowed.