17 October 2016 - Donald Trump claims election is 'rigged'
David Jackson and Susan Page (USA Today, 16/10/2016)
Donald Trump's repeated charges that the race for the White House is being "rigged" against him is unprecedented, historians say. They warn it could undercut the ability of the next president to govern — or even spark violence on Election Day and afterwards.
Never in modern times has a major-party nominee hurled accusations — with no credible evidence — that the election results themselves can't be trusted, a development that could raise questions about legitimacy of the winner. Even in such razor-thin elections as 1960 and 2000, Republican Richard Nixon and Democrat Al Gore accepted results that some of their supporters disputed. Each called on Americans to unite.
"There have certainly been candidates who toyed with apocalyptic language — Teddy Roosevelt running for the GOP nomination in 1912 comes to mind — but none has made questioning the validity of the election a centerpiece of his campaign," says Nicole Hemmer, an assistant professor in presidential studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. "There's just no useful historical precedent that I've come across, certainly not at the national level. Historians hesitate to label things unprecedented, but the word is certainly getting a workout this election."
"One big fix"
Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns (The New York Times, 17/10/2016)
In a vivid illustration of how Mr. Trump is shattering American political norms, the Republican nominee is alleging that a conspiracy is underway between the news media and the Democratic Party to commit vast election fraud. He has offered no evidence to support his claim.
“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places — SAD,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
Blaming the media
David Smith and Alan Yuhas (The Guardian, 16/10/2016)
Donald Trump’s campaign allies joined his baseless accusation of a “rigged election” on Sunday, with Rudy Giuliani speaking in racially charged terms amid growing fears of a violent backlash from supporters of the Republican presidential nominee.
Trump himself furthered the charge, tweeting: “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD.”
A request for clarification from the Trump campaign about which polling places he meant was not immediately returned.
Arnie Seipel (NPR, 16/10/2016)
Donald Trump has been raising doubts about the integrity of the election for months, but his running mate and other GOP leaders are taking a more cautious tone.
"We will absolutely accept the result of the election," Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said on NBC's Meet The Press Sunday. "Look, the American people will speak in an election that will culminate on November the 8th. But the American people are tired of the obvious bias in the national media."
Trump had recently been putting the emphasis of his "rigged" message less on actual voter fraud and more on the idea that the media is making it impossible for him to win by reporting on allegations of sexual assault, which Trump calls "phony.".
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