But, like I said, he isn’t the only one doing it…
Why aren’t the media and their “experts” concerned about her words?
Several election lawyers and analysts are disturbed by Trump’s combustible use of language.
“Trump’s rhetoric is troubling and casts a shadow over the legitimacy of the elections,” said Ken Gross, a well-known election lawyer in Washington who represents both Republican and Democratic clients. “Trump’s words may motivate people to go to polling places and potentially intimidate people not to vote.”
The idea that “elections are rigged and there’s widespread fraud is not backed up by facts”, he said.
Others echo these concerns. “To argue that the process is rigged and prepare people for a supposedly illegitimate outcome is a very dangerous thing,” former Reublican representative Vin Weber told the Guardian. “What you want is to have a civil peaceful election [and] you don’t want to disrupt that.”
One prominent GOP election lawyer says that Trump’s fears are overblown, stressing that the “far right has been worked up about voter fraud for the last five to 10 years, but there’s little evidence that this type of activity is material. I don’t like it when people talk about issues that haven’t happened yet, or are phantom issues.”
Recent studies indicate that voter fraud is not widespread. Only 31 cases of possible in-person voter fraud were found from 2000 to 2014, during which period over 1bn votes were cast in general and primary elections, according to a study by Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School.
Nonetheless, Trump’s ominous warnings seem part of a new campaign mantra. The candidate voiced similar views this summer in an interview with The Washington Post and on Fox News with Sean Hannity.
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