Posted by: coastcontact | August 2, 2016

Trump: ‘I’m afraid the election’s going to be rigged’

Donald Trump is correct.  The elections are rigged.  It’s not the popular vote that wins the election.  It’s the electors who choose the president.  With the exception of Nebraska and Maine each state awards all the electors to the winner of the state.  It is a decision made by each state.  In other words even if Trump won 45% of the popular vote in California and Clinton won 55%, all 55 electors would be awarded to Clinton.  Does Trump understand the system?  That system is written into the constitution.

Donald Trump reminds me of Captain Queeg. You remember! “The Caine Mutiny” is a 1951 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by Herman Wouk.  Humphrey Bogart starred.

Caine Mutiny – Capt. Queeg Loses It

  

 

The news item

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) Donald Trump on Monday took his complaints about the “rigged” political system one step further.

 “I’m afraid the election’s going to be rigged. I have to be honest,” Trump told voters in Ohio, a crucial swing state.

Trump’s comments Monday came as he decried Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for endorsing Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, even as some Sanders supporters have continued to resist unifying behind the nominee. Trump has sought to siphon off Sanders supporters and draw them to his campaign.

 

Trump added that he has heard “more and more” that the November election will be rigged — suggesting to his supporters that the outcome of the election is out of the hands of voters.

 Trump during the primary repeatedly slammed the “rigged system” he claimed was working against his campaign to capture the Republican nomination for president. He then pivoted to using that language to decry the nomination process on the left, accusing the Democratic Party of colluding with the Clinton campaign to keep Sanders from winning that party’s nomination.

 

Trump’s comments during the primary bolstered the impression that Trump, a political outsider, was leading the charge against a corrupt political system.

But his latest comments could hurt Trump’s general election campaign as his supporters might decide not to turn out to vote if the election is already “rigged” against their candidate.

Trump continued with the “rigged” theme during a Monday night interview on Fox News. Appearing on “Hannity,” the Republican nominee suggested the potential for foul play in November. Trump pointed to the 2012 presidential election as a cause for concern.

“I’ve been hearing about it for a long time,” Trump said. “And I know last time, there were — you had precincts where there was practically nobody voting for the Republican. And I think that’s wrong. I think that was unfair, frankly” for 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

“I’m telling you, November 8, we’d better be careful, because that election is going to be rigged,” Trump added. “And I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it’s going to be taken away from us.”

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