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Trump’s Irresponsible Rigged Election Claims

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Election experts, news outlets, and even elected Republicans continue to rebuke and discredit Donald Trump’s claims that the election is “rigged.” In fact, this morning his own campaign manager said she believed there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud, confirming what numerous studies and analysts have repeatedly confirmed. See what they’re saying:

This morning on MSNBC, Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said she believed there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

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Also, on “CBS This Morning,” Ohio Governor John Kasich called Trump’s rigged election claims “silly.” He continued, “I don’t think it’s good for our country, for our democracy, and I don’t believe we have any massive fraud.”

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USA Today: Editorial Board: The ‘rigged’ election: Our view

With his poll numbers slipping and sexual allegations against him mounting, Donald Trump has escalated his wild charges that voter fraud and news media bias have “rigged” the entire presidential election against him. “Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before Election Day,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? Why? Perhaps because there’s no evidence that it is actually happening, and because GOP leaders recognize how corrosive these outbursts are to American democracy. Making such unfounded claims — or whining, as President Obama put it Tuesday — isn’t going to help Trump win the presidency. It isn’t going to help fellow Republicans running down-ballot. It is very likely to add to the already large amounts of cynicism that Americans harbor for elected government.

Washington Post: Aaron Blake: The GOP is trying to put out a ‘rigged’ election fire that it helped start

Republicans, who are now not-so-subtly telling Donald Trump to knock it off when it comes to alleging that the 2016 election is rigged, aren’t just pushing back on the GOP presidential nominee — they’re battling their own party’s long-standing claims about voter fraud and the “liberal media.” Those claims laid the groundwork for what Trump is arguing today and make it that much harder to fight his ideas. Trump appears to be setting up his rationale for not actually conceding the election, instead arguing that his loss was a combination of a media conspiracy and voter fraud. At a debate Monday for his reelection campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Trump should stop it and that “this election is not being rigged.”

Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren: Trump didn’t invent the ‘rigged election’ myth. Republicans did

Cratering in the polls, besieged by sexual assault allegations and drowning in his own disgusting rhetoric, Donald Trump has been reduced to hollering that November’s election is “rigged” against him. His proof? It looks like he’s going to lose. Senior Republican leaders are scrambling to distance themselves from this dangerous claim. But Trump’s argument didn’t spring from nowhere. It’s just one more symptom of a long-running effort by Republicans to delegitimize Democratic voters, appointees and leaders. For years, this disease has infected our politics. It cannot be cured until Republican leaders rethink their approach to modern politics. Anyone with children knows that whining about imaginary cheating is the last refuge of the sore loser. But GOP leaders have served up such a steady diet of stories about imaginary cheating that an Economist-YouGov poll shows that 45 percent of Republican voters believe voter fraud is a “very serious problem,” and 46 percent have little or no confidence that ballots will be counted accurately.

Wall Street Journal: Richard Hasen: Trumped-Up Fears of ‘Rigged’ Elections–and How Responses Could Disenfranchise Voters

Thanks to comments and tweets by Donald Trump and the apparent work of Russia, the news is full of allegations that next month’s vote will be stolen, “rigged,” or hacked. Most of this talk is unsubstantiated or greatly exaggerated. Here are four ways that the 2016 election won’t be stolen and one way that responses to exaggerated fears of electoral fraud could disenfranchise voters. Obstacles to voting multiple times: Donald Trump has said that without strict voter identification laws, people will vote multiple times and swing the election in critical states such as Pennsylvania. I’ve written about why this is a dumb and difficult way to steal an election: It involves registering multiple times in different jurisdictions or going to various polling places and claiming to be a registered voter, who may or may not have already cast a ballot.

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