[Net-Gold] POLITICS ELECTIONS AND ELECTION CAMPAIGNS: CANDIDATES : UNITED STATES: POLITICS: POLITICAL PARTIES: REPUBLICAN PARTY, TEA PARTY : INDUSTRIES: PETROLEUM : LIBERTARIANISM : RACISM : BIGOTRY : EXTREMISM : HATE GROUPS : INTOLERANCE : PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES: NAMED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES: DONALD TRUMP : BLATANT FALSEHOODS: SERIAL LIARS : REPUBLICAN WAR ON WOMEN : RAPE CULTURE : CRIME AND CRIMINALS: SEXUAL PREDATORS : SEXISM : NARCISM: Donald Trump’s ‘Rigged Election’ Claims Raise Historical Alarms

 

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Donald Trump’s ‘Rigged Election’ Claims Raise Historical Alarms

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Donald Trump’s ‘Rigged Election’ Claims Raise Historical Alarms

by ZACHARY ROTH

October 17 2016, 5:17 PM ET

NBC News

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/donald-trump-
s-rigged-election-claims-raise-historical-alarms-n667831

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As Donald Trump’s campaign falters, his warnings that the presidential contest will be rigged have become a focus of his pitch to voters.

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Historians say Trump’s sustained effort to call the process into question has no close parallel in past elections. And some are increasingly worried that his claims  for which he’s offered no real evidence  could leave many of his supporters unwilling to accept the election results, potentially triggering violence and dangerously undermining faith in American democracy.

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Day after day  at rallies, in interviews and on Twitter  Trump and several top backers have hammered the message that a victory for Hillary Clinton would be illegitimate. Trump has frequently suggested that widespread voter fraud will swing the election, and he has urged his supporters to closely monitor the voting process.

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In a tweet Monday, he declared that there’s “large-scale voter fraud happening on and before election day.” In fact, numerous studies have shown that in-person voter fraud is vanishingly rare.

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But as he has slipped in the polls, Trump has gone further, making his claims a central facet of his campaign  to the point where even some Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, have repudiated them. And he has broadened his case, charging that the contest is being rigged not just through fraud but also by the media, which he says favor his opponent.

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He has also suggested that Clinton worked with the Democratic National Committee to steal her party’s nomination from Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

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Laura Belmonte, a history professor at Oklahoma State University, said that although there have been disputed elections and claims of illegal voting in the past, Trump’s systematic effort to question the process in advance is new.

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“I really can’t think of another precedent where this rhetoric has been used so vigorously prior to the election,” Belmonte said. “So the calls for poll watchers and the not-so-veiled threatening discourse  I really don’t think have an analogue.”

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Belmonte added that most losers of close presidential elections have conceded defeat and called for the nation to unify, which has helped to maintain public faith in the system.

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[Net-Gold] POLITICS ELECTIONS AND ELECTION CAMPAIGNS: CANDIDATES : UNITED STATES: POLITICS: POLITICAL PARTIES: REPUBLICAN PARTY, TEA PARTY : INDUSTRIES: PETROLEUM : LIBERTARIANISM : RACISM : BIGOTRY : EXTREMISM : HATE GROUPS : INTOLERANCE : PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES: NAMED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES: DONALD TRUMP : BLATANT FALSEHOODS: SERIAL LIARS : REPUBLICAN WAR ON WOMEN : RAPE CULTURE : CRIME AND CRIMINALS: SEXUAL PREDATORS : SEXISM : NARCISM: Donald Trump’s ‘Rigged Election’ Claims Raise Historical Alarms

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