Trump supporter and noted conspiracy theorist Roger Stone has warned that Democrats are planning to ‘steal’ November’s presidential election and the response will be a ‘bloodbath’. Trump’s bizarre claim about electoral fraud came as he dodged the controversy surrounding his criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Khan.
“I think we have widespread voter fraud, but the first thing that Trump needs to do is begin talking about it constantly,” Stone said. “He needs to say for example, today would be a perfect example: ‘I am leading in Florida. The polls all show it. If I lose Florida, we will know that there’s voter fraud. If there’s voter fraud, this election will be illegitimate, the election of the winner will be illegitimate, we will have a constitutional crisis, widespread civil disobedience, and the government will no longer be the government.’”
Stone said there would be a ‘bloodbath’ if the election is stolen and warned Republicans to watch the coming months closely. No presidential candidate has ever made such outrageous claims about the election process or allowed his surrogates to make claims that border on sedition. The Trump campaign is now openly embracing conspiracy theories.
The threat of violence following a Trump defeat is very real. Trump’s supporters have very low levels of trust in the government with one third believing Hillary Clinton worships the Devil. Faced with the prospect of a Clinton victory, Trump’s heavily armed voters could pose a serious threat to law and order across much of the country.
Concerns about Trump’s mental health have appeared in various media while his grassroots support has been compared to a fascist-style cult of personality. These factors combined with his ‘the system is rigged’ rhetoric and other bizarre and sometimes violent statements create the real danger that his supporters will take the law into their own hands in November. Based on his recent comments, Trump may even encourage the civil disobedience Stone talked about.