Republican nominee Donald Trump announced to supporters Monday he believes the general election will be rigged in November, and he’s urging Republicans to “be careful.”
“I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest,” Trump told the crowd during his rally Monday.
“November 8th, we’d better be careful, because that election is going to be rigged. And I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it’s going to be taken away from us,” Trump said on “Hannity” Monday evening.
Trump offered no evidence to back up his claim the election would be rigged, but did tell supporters he has been hearing “more and more.” Trump didn’t elaborate on where this chatter came from in his speech Monday.
Trump made a point of calling the Republican primary process rigged in April when it appeared that Sen. Ted Cruz had a chance of getting more delegates than he did. Cruz focused on states where he could get the most delegates for each campaign dollar spent. Trump focused on news interviews and large campaign rallies.
“It’s a fix because we thought we were having an election and a number of months ago they decided to do you know what — they said we’ll do it by delegate,” Trump said. The Republican primary has involved delegates to the convention every election season since the Republican Party was founded.
Trump was especially outraged after the primary in Louisiana. Trump earned over 41 percent of the vote to win the state, but didn’t win the most delegates due to the high number of unbound delegates from the state.
“I end up winning Louisiana and then when everything is done I find out I get less delegates than this guy that got his ass kicked,” Trump said in reference to Cruz. “Give me a break. It’s disgusting. It’s a sick system. Maybe in addition to winning we’ll clean up the system so that in future years we can have a fair contest. We might be able to clean up this dirty rotten disgusting system.”
In an attempt to win more of the Democratic vote, Trump also declared the Democratic primary to be rigged. Although over 3.5 million more people voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders, Trump asserted in June the Democratic National Committee (DNC) colluded with the Clinton campaign to win the nomination.
The WikiLeaks release of almost 20,000 internal DNC emails gives some evidence to his claim.
“To all of those Bernie Sanders voters who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of super delegates, we welcome you with open arms,” Trump said in June after challengers Cruz and Gov. John Kasich exited the race. “And by the way, the terrible trade deals that Bernie was so vehemently against – and he’s right on that – will be taken care of far better than anyone ever thought possible.”
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