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International Monitors Asked to Watch American Election

Donald Trump complained about the “unfair” and “rigged” GOP primary system this year. Until he won. It should be noted that he made no effort to fix the system, once he had control of the convention and rules. Now that he’s in the general election, Trump is once again talking about the entire American political system as being “fixed” and “rigged,” according to the conservative Washington Examiner.

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At one point during the primary, the Republican presidential nominee threatened to sue the Louisiana GOP over its “unfair” delegate allocation rules. Trump also accused Democrats of rigging their own nominating contest to deny Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders a legitimate chance at beating Hillary Clinton.

Monday was the first time, however, that Trump has claimed the general election might be rigged in favor of his Democratic opponent. The suggestion came minutes before a new national CNN/ORC survey showed him trailing Clinton 45 to 37 percent.

Politico reported the same thing.

“I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest,” Trump said at the rally. He repeated the riff Monday night at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and again Tuesday morning onstage in Ashburn, Virginia. “We gotta beat a totally dishonest machine,” he said, pointing to the lack of federal charges against Hillary Clinton after the FBI investigation into her use of a private email server as another data point buttressing his broader case. “It’s a disgrace to our country that she got away with it. It’s a crooked system. We’re running against a rigged system, and we’re running against a dishonest media.”

Asserting, specifically, that November’s election will be “rigged” is, all at once: the musing of a candidate who often gives credence to conspiracy theories; a talking point aimed at a disaffected electorate; a presidential candidate, following a dip in the polls, contemplating defeat; an effort to delegitimize the democratic process that could bring that defeat to bear; and a thinly veiled threat by a litigious billionaire to contest such an election result in court. . .

“Ever since the 2000 presidential election, a percentage of Americans have believed the system was rigged. And that percentage has grown as politicians discovered the power of that phrase and used it more and more often,” said GOP pollster Frank Luntz. “Trump is masterful at appropriating powerful language from others. He jumped on the politically correct bandwagon at the first debate, and it’s one of the reasons he won the nomination. His words are the words of alienated Americans, and that’s why he has done so well up to this point.”

Then Trump claimed the debate schedule was rigged to force watchers to have to decide between two of the debates or NFL football games. But, of course, the debate schedule was set a year ago, and the NFL schedule was announced a half year later. Maybe it’s a plot by the NFL? We reported about it here.

Now, Trump is focusing on individual states, such as Florida and Pennsylvania, saying he can’t lose unless the system is rigged, according to Business Insider.

“The only way we can lose, in my opinion, I really mean this, Pennsylvania, is if cheating goes on,” Trump told attendees at a campaign rally in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on Friday.

“The only way they can beat it, in my opinion, and I mean this 100%, is if in certain sections of the state they cheat,” he added. . .

Poll numbers in Pennsylvania are not favoring him at the moment.

Clinton is leading Trump by as much as 11 points overall there, according to the four most recent polls in the state featured on RealClearPolitics this week.

Now, Trump’s people are repeating the primary warning before the convention—that there will be riots if he doesn’t win, according to McClatchy.

“If there’s voter fraud, this election will be illegitimate, the election winner will be illegitimate, we will have a constitutional crisis, widespread civil disobedience, and the government will be no longer the government,” Trump ally Roger Stone said last week on “The Milo Yiannopolous Show.”

Stone, who formerly served as Trump’s political adviser, added that “the government will be shut down if they attempt to steal this and swear Hillary in. No, we will not stand for it. We will not stand for it.”. . .

The “rigged” storyline has, moreover, seemingly accelerated this week.

“I’m telling you, November 8th, we’d better be careful because that election is going to be rigged,” Trump told the Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity on Monday. “And I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it’s going to be taken away from us.”. . .

“I mean, people are going to walk in, they are going to vote 10 times maybe,” Trump said in an interview on “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel. “I am very concerned and I hope the Republicans are going to be very watchful, and I hope the authorities are going to be very watchful.”

When Trump says, “watching closely,” and “very watchful,” he has gone on to say that his supporters should become poll watchers—and even have law enforcement officers at the polls.

“We have to call up law enforcement, and we have to have the sheriffs, and the police chiefs, and everybody watching,”

Trump’s website has made it a way to encourage involvement—and funding.

The Manhattan billionaire even encouraged his supporters to “watch and study” people “in certain areas” of the state on Election Day. . . The campaign appeared to dig further into that call to action late Friday night. A sign-up form appeared on the GOP nominee’s website prompting people to volunteer as “Trump election observers.”

Users who fill out the form are directed to a donation page.

That sounds a lot like voter suppression through intimidation, so now, there’s talk of bringing in international monitors to watch an American election, for the first time.

Citing Donald Trump’s controversial call to his supporters to challenge voters at the polls, a leading civil rights group is urging international election monitors to beef up their efforts to observe this November’s U.S. presidential contest.

It’s the latest reflection of deep concern among voting rights advocates about potential voter intimidation and suppression this fall. . .

Trump’s first general election TV ad, released last week, reinforces that message. In its second frame, it shows a polling place, with the words “system rigged” on the screen.

All this has led many voting rights advocates to fear that some Trump supporters, inflamed by their candidate’s rhetoric, could actively try to keep legitimate voters from the polls.

In one potential sign of trouble to come, a Florida-based Trump backer tweeted Friday: “We gonna be ….wear’n red at polls… watch’n fer shenanigans…& haul ya away,” above a photograph of a pickup truck with a cage in the truck bed.

Goethe Behr :Goethe Behr is a Contributing Editor and Moderator at Election Central. He started out posting during the 2008 election, became more active during 2012, and very active in 2016. He has been a political junkie since the 1950s and enjoys adding a historical perspective.

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  • Well, let's see now, Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson won his first senatorial race in Texas with the help of people who had been dead for 20 years voting for him....would that be cause for concern? I for one think there is a good chance of vote rigging in many areas, especially so-called " Democrat" strong holds and in the battle states such as Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, et al. Oh yes, Virginia, where the "Democrat" governor is giving convicted and so-called ex-felons(?) the right to vote...(votes for Hillary you can be sure.) Quite frankly I can understand Trump's concern and I am not even a Trump stalwart.

  • Don't forget that 30,000 emails surfaced that showed the DNC "Ms. Debbie" had caused Bernie Sanders to lose, so there was proof that the DNC had done unlawful things, or Ms. Debbie would not have resigned. So there is corruption going on, and already voting fraud has been discovered, then you have Mr. Soros buying the voting machine companies.. so yes, i am sure there are going to be dead people voting as well as illegal immigrants voting, because, you do not need an ID.. For some reason having an ID is discrimination, but if you wanted to go to the DNC convention, you had to have a picture ID to get in.. There are so many double standards and the democraps just don't care, because they want to win, even though their candidate has been proven over and over to be a liar, corrupt/ (CLINTON FOUNDATION), paid $250,000 for a speech on WallStreet/BIG BANKS, she just cannot tell the truth.. Yes, I am very concerned about illegal voting going on.. and TRUMP knows that is what is going on, even the POLLS are not correct.. too many, many, thousands of people are going to vote for TRUMP, but somehow, they never get polled. May the best man/woman win, but I am hoping for our Country's sake that it will be TRUMP.. at least he will keep the constitution intact, as Clinton already said she is amending 1 and 2 right away.. Believe that is our freedom of speech and right to bear arms..

  • We do not need an INTERNATIONAL watchdog over our elections. But we do need a much more secure election process to ensure no double votes, dead people votes or unregistered votes are not counted. Multiple people should reside over each voting venue to prevent voter fraud.

  • "...But, of course, the debate schedule was set a year ago, and the NFL schedule was announced a half year later. Maybe it’s a plot by the NFL? ..."

    Uhhh.... Sunday and Monday night in the fall? Did you think they'd start having the games on a Tuesday? You're obviously either not an American or haven't seen an American football game in your life.

    • There are only two games in conflict. The Sunday game could start earlier. The Monday game could move to a different day. In four years, there are only four presidential debates and a thousand football games. If someone doesn't care enough to watch the debate, maybe they shouldn't bother to vote, either.

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