Donald Trump keeps claiming the election is rigged, but let’s remember that Trump has been losing this election virtually the entire time.
Trump got within the margin of error against Hillary Clinton before the national conventions and then close again before the first debate, but Clinton now has a dominating lead across the electoral college that is unlikely to collapse with only three weeks to go until the election.
Trump’s unending train of controversies and personal scandals has inspired a ceiling of support, and it shows in the polls, so much so that the only indication of actual voting fraud would be if Trump somehow won the election.
Analysis at FiveThirtyEight shows Clinton has a seven-point lead over Trump, which is well outside the margin of error. Voter fraud capable of swinging the election that dramatically has no precedent, and Trump’s claims of fraud is merely an act of desperation inside an imploding campaign.
As such, Trump’s sudden adoption of a conspiratorial attitude regarding the integrity of America’s presidential elections is a scary development, as well as an attempted pulverizing of one of America’s governmental cornerstones: the sanctity of civil elections.
Fortunately, some Republicans currently campaigning in this same election do not buy his bullshit artistry, which prompted Trump to tweet at his colleagues Monday night a bitchy comment: “Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!”
Why do Republicans continue to put up with this? Trump’s blatant lies about a rigged election must be nipped in the bud, and all Republicans ought to abandon Trump while he continues to incite political rage against our likely, legitimately elected 45th president. The GOP is already losing its third consecutive presidential election, and the Senate, and maybe—with peripheral likelihood—the House. Do Republicans have to lose their faculty to fall asleep at night as well?
Because, for real, Trump is threatening some real fascism. Republicans ought to recognize that fascism is a bipartisan threat to society. I’ve read Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls, take it from him—let’s not allow the possibility that we have to fight a civil war against fascists.