Columbus, OH – Trump Suggests General Election Could “Be Rigged”

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    Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Eric ThayerColumbus, OH – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested Monday that he fears that the general election “is going to be rigged.”

    Trump, speaking in Ohio, said he felt the Democrats had fixed their primary system so Hillary Clinton could defeat Bernie Sanders. He claimed that the Republican nomination would have been stolen from him had he not won by significant margins.

    Trump then asserted that November’s general election may not be on the up-and-up.

    “I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest,” the Republican nominee told a town hall crowd in Columbus. He said he hears “more and more” that the election may not be contested fairly.

    Trump did not elaborate on his contention and a request to his campaign for additional explanation was not immediately returned. If Trump were to lose in November and publicly declare that the election results were bogus, he would break with general election tradition, yielding unpredictable reactions from his supporters and fellow Republicans.

    Trump has not been shy of asserting that the electoral process has been “rigged.”

    It became a frequent catchphrase of his during a low-water mark of his primary campaign this spring, when forces allied with Republican rival Ted Cruz managed to pack state delegations with supporters of the Texas senator. The celebrity businessman also asserted that the Republican party had changed the delegate allocation in the Florida primary to favor a native candidate, like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, at Trump’s expense.

    In recent weeks, in an effort to woo angry Sanders supporters to his campaign, Trump has made the claim that the Democrats’ process was also rigged.

    The event in Ohio was Trump’s first campaign appearance since the onset of his tussle with the parents of a slain Army veteran, but he did not address the flap. He spoke for nearly an hour Monday in Columbus, but did not mention his criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Muslims whose son was killed in Iraq in 2004.

    The Khans spoke out against Trump and questioned his familiarity with the Constitution last week at the Democratic National Convention. Trump struck back by questioning whether Ghazala Khan had been allowed to speak. She said she is still too grief-stricken by her son’s death.

    Trump criticized the family in an interview Sunday and again in a pair of tweets Monday morning.

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    1. Obama won the second term because of voter fraud. Research it. You’ll find firsthand accounts of shameless fraudsters who went to multiple polling stations to vote for him.

    2. Wait. By the end of theach month, probably within 10 days, he will be talking about the spontaneous violence that will erupt if the election is stolen from him by the rigged system.

      Not that he would encourage it, of course, wink wink, but he won’t be able to control the righteous indignation of his devoted followers.

      Congratulations, GOP. You’ve created a monster and we may c”v all be paying to feed it.

      • So far, all of the violence during the Primaries has been instigated and perpetrated by Democrat (mostly Bernie) supporters. Also, it wouldn’t be the first time the Democrats stole an election. Never mind 2008. The most blatant example was the 1960 Presidential election. The only reason that Johnson was nominated VP was because he could (and did) steal the Texas Presidential vote. Alternative history: If Kennedy hadn’t stolen the Texas Electors, Nixon would have been President in 1961 and the Vietnam war would never have happened.

        • Did Bernie ever say “knock the crap out of them.”?
          Did Bernie ever say “I’d like to punch him in the face.”?
          Did Bernie ever say “I love the old days—you know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.” ?

          Look at RedState [at very, very conservative voice (not a TRump advocate)] says …

          “However, let’s not indulge the fantasy that Trump supporters are completely passive victims of a liberal conspiracy to physically intimidate them from exercising their constitutional rights …. . And by far the largest share of the physical violence that has erupted during this campaign season has been instigated by Trump supporters and directed at nonviolent protesters.”

          • Note that I said “instigated”. The fact is that, regardless of provocative language. Bernie supporters and other Dem supporters were the only ones who actually committed the violence. Trump supporters never interfered with a Hillary rally. While Trump supporters were not necessarily “passive” they were invariably the ones who were attacked by Bernie’s Black Shirts. “Non-violent protesters” indeed!

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