During a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the 2016 presidential election is 'rigged'. Trump says the media are colluding with Hillary Clinton's campaign and that people who died 10 years ago are casting votes
Donald Trump's dark warning that dead will rise from the voter rolls
November 16, 2016
I don't agree with Donald Trump on much. We both like New York City. We both believe in the importance of oxygen for sustaining living beings. Beyond that, and especially in the political realm, we don't often see eye-to-eye.
However, it has become painfully clear that one of the central claims of the Trump campaign is undoubtedly true: The election was indeed rigged. But it wasn't rigged in the direction Trump claimed – rather, it was rigged in Trump's and his party's favor. This happened in a number of ways – felon disenfranchisement, voter suppression and Puerto Rico having no say whatsoever, for instance – but one huge one that was under-appreciated by many Americans before this week is the Electoral College system.
On Trump Twitter, a Rigged Election, No Matter What
By ZEYNEP TUFEKCI
It started early in the day and got louder as reports of exit polls started to emerge. Early in the day, it was the conviction that Donald J. Trump would lose this election only if it were stolen from him. Later, it started turning into belief that the election was, indeed, being stolen, or to use Mr. Trump's favored word, "rigged."
In the Trump Twittersphere, a universe that I've been closely observing for more than a year, fraud was the most common theme on this Election Day. "There is plenty of evidence of voter fraud and machines flipping," one pro-Trump Twitter user said, hours before any results started to come in.
In the lead-up to the election, there was absolute conviction among many of the most prominent voices in the Trump Twittersphere that Mr. Trump had the election in the bag. Many of the people I've been checking in on every day were convinced from the beginning that he couldn't lose. They turned out to be right during the Republican primary, when so many dismissed Mr. Trump's chances to win the nomination. And they held on with the same strength of conviction ever since.
Even when polls disagreed, they looked for their own signs. One prominent voice even cited a surge in sales of Donald Trump Halloween costumes as evidence of Mr. Trump's coming victory. Polls suggested otherwise, of course, but polls were dismissed as being manipulated by the liberal news media to discourage Trump voters.
Mr. Trump, the king of the Trump Twittersphere as he runs for president of the United States, has led this chorus from the beginning. And today he kept it up: "Utah officials report voting machine problems across entire country," he tweeted. In truth, it was just one Utah county.
Mr. Trump also told Fox News that he was concerned about voting machines: "The machines, you put down a Republican and it registers as a Democrat, and they've had a lot of complaints about that today," he said. On Twitter, supporters claimed that these were "Soros voting machines" — echoing an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory popular in Trump-supporting circles that the billionaire investor George Soros, who is Jewish, owns, and rigs, America's voting machines.
And even as Florida appeared to trend toward Mr. Trump, there was still talk of rigging — he was just winning in spite of it. As one Twitter user wrote: "If Trump wins despite the left rigging the polls for the last 50 years with mass immigration, it's going to be the biggest F-U since 1776." It seems that no matter what happens, Mr. Trump's supporters feel that America has long been rigged against them.