Donald Trump is in the midst of a very bad period for his campaign, and everything he seems to do makes the situation worse for him. Polls, which had been ambiguous in recent weeks, are now starting to indicate that it is becoming increasingly likely that Hillary Clinton will be the next president. So now Trump has charged that the election will be “rigged” against him, similar to the charge he made about the Republican primary process.
Trump and his surrogates have been out over the past few days, pushing the notion that if he loses it is because the powers that be have fixed the election against him. Newt Gingrich told Sean Hannity on Wednesday evening that Democratic “machines” have a long history of stealing elections. History professor Gingrich has to know that he is reaching back into the early 20th century in order to find any evidence to support that charge. In more recent times if any group has been responsible for cheating to win it would be the GOP. Saying that an election is going to be “fixed” is a dangerous charge, especially when you have no evidence to support the claim.
Trump weighed in himself in a conversation with Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday, where he lamented court rulings striking down “voter ID” laws in several states. He told O’Reilly:
You don’t have to have voter ID to now go in and vote, and it’s a little bit scary, and I’ve heard a lot of bad things. I mean, people are going to walk in, they are going to vote 10 times maybe.
On Wednesday morning the White House fired back at Trump via Press Secretary Josh Earnest. And in one sentence he highlighted the exact reason Trump has suddenly talking about a “rigged election.” Trump knows he is going to lose. Speaking at the White House’s daily press briefing, Earnest had this to say about Trump’s charge:
I know this is the subject of debate at the end of the last presidential election when some supporters of Gov. [Mitt] Romney complained of skewed polling. So this is not a new claim. I would just note that it is often a claim made by people who don’t end up winning elections.
You can’t put it any more bluntly — or truthfully — than that. When you start talking about an election being rigged, and you offer no evidence to back up what you are alleging other than “because I say so,” you are saying it because you are expecting to lose.
Here is what Josh Earnest told reporters:
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