The US presidential race is hurtling at full speed towards the finish line. After the Democratic and Republican conventions, and the nominations of the candidates of the respective parties, the contest is on. And while both sides continue to attack each other, the Republican nominee Donald Trump has made an unprecedented assertion.
Addressing his supporters at a rally in Ohio on the 1st of August, Trump claimed that the November 8 elections might not be so fair. “I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest,” Trump said in his speech.
This is a serious allegation. It may even be the first of its kind by a modern presidential candidate. Is there a reason why Trump had to make this assertion? Let’s break his statement down and examine.
Hannity Interview – Trump’s explanation
Contrary to some of the claims made by leftist media outlets, Trump’s allegations are not entirely baseless. In a later interview with the popular Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, Trump presented an in-depth explanation about his statement. He presented various reasons why he came to such a conclusion.
Trump said that he had been hearing about the potential rigging of the elections for a long time. He referred to some of the voting sites in the minority neighborhoods in the previous elections where Mitt Romney fared extremely poorly to the point that he hardly received even a single vote.
For Trump, such an outcome was unbelievable. “I know last time you had precincts were there were practically nobody voting for the Republican and I think that’s wrong,” said Trump. “People were curious. How is it possible?”
The Hannity interview brings us to another important consideration. The accusation of the elections being potentially rigged is not just a convenient claim that Trump invented just to level an allegation against his opponent Hillary Clinton.
He has been consistent in his claims about the flaws in the US election process since 2012. As the media began to announce the results of the popular vote which suggested that Mitt Romney had lost the elections, Trump made a series of Tweets pointing out some of the shortcomings of the American election process. One of the Tweets read:
“This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!”
The liberal media was quick to jump on his statements to malign Trump. This New York Magazine article, for instance, was titled: “Donald Trump Wins Election Night’s ‘Most Unhinged Conservative’ Award.”
But was he unhinged then, really?
The Democratic email scandal
When we compare Trump’s treatment by the liberal media to some of the recent news from within the Democratic Party, it highlights the media’s double standards. After the Democratic Party’s email leak scandal, Bernie Sanders’ supporters were up in arms against their own party.
Isn’t that kind of the same thing Donald Trump is claiming now? Why is it that one party’s rigging allegations are seriously considered, while the other party’s claims are dismissed off-hand?
We leave you to answer that.