In yet another unprecedented move for a US election, Donald Trump has stepped up his "rigged election" rhetoric today,as his campaign seeks to recruit "election observers," telling a large crowd in Pennsylvania last nigth that "the only way they can beat [me] in my opinion, and I mean this 100 percent, if in certain sections of the state they cheat."
As a reminder, Donald Trump, speaking last week in Columbus, Ohio, raised the concern of a rigged election directly... "Bernie shouldn't have made a deal but he lost [because] it's rigged... and I am afraid the [national] election is going to be rigged."
"I think my side was rigged. If I didn't win by massive landslides, think about what we won in New York, Indiana, California, 78 percent, that's with other people in the race."
Trump made similar complaints about a “rigged” process during the Republican primaries. As Roger Stone concluded,
"If you can’t have an honest election, nothing else counts,"
"I think he’s gotta put them on notice that their inauguration will be rhetorical, and when I mean civil disobedience, not violence, but it will be a bloodbath. 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."
And it appears Trump's campaign are trying to pre-empt some of that possible shenanigans. As Politico reports,
In a move that's unprecedented in a presidential election, the campaign late this week launched a page on its website proclaiming, "Help Me Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election! Please fill out this form to receive more information about becoming a volunteer Trump Election Observer."
Those who wish to be a Trump "observer" are asked to fill out information on the website that should match their voter registration. Once submitted, voters are directed to a donation page.
Hours before the site gained traction Friday night, Trump said at a rally in Altoona, Pennsylvania, that the only way he would lose in Pennsylvania is "if cheating goes on."
“She can’t beat what’s happening here. The only way they can beat it in my opinion, and I mean this 100 percent, if in certain sections of the state they cheat,” Trump said of Clinton campaign in Pennsylvania.
Although laws vary from state to state, campaigning by political parties is typically banned at polling sites under voter intimidation laws; and so, we suspect, this won't end well as BlackLivesMatter activists will surely be motivated to do the same... to ensure no 'intimidation' takes place.