Donald Trump’s newest jag — even while he still works over the Gold Star families — is to proclaim that the election in November will be rigged.
“I’m afraid the election’s gonna be rigged, I have to be honest,” Trump told the crowd.
While Trump has often questioned the integrity of the primary contests in both parties, his newest remarks seemed to begin laying groundwork for him to contest the Nov. 8 election results.
It’s an interesting line of attack for several reasons. First, it’s a tacit admission on Mr. Trump’s part that he’s going to lose the election. Second, it plays into the standard GOP mindset that because Republicans are destined to rule the world, any election they lose has to be illegitimate, and third, it stirs up the boogedy-boogedy of voter fraud, which the Republicans have been using to pass strict voter I.D. laws and make it harder for people who are part of the Democratic base — minorities — to vote.
There have been setbacks in the Republican effort to make it harder for Democratic constituencies to vote. Laws in Texas, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and North Dakota that imposed strict voter ID requirements, limited early voting, and limited the number of college students to vote have all been struck down by federal courts. The state legislatures that imposed the laws claimed it was to stamp out the scourge of voter fraud, but since the rate of fraud is the same as that of mid-air collisions between pigs, the courts have ruled against them, basically saying that in the case of North Carolina, the purpose was intentional racial discrimination.
Part of the Republican philosophy is that because many of them truly believe that they are ordained by God to rule the country, any election they lose is either an act of heresy or the work of the devil, so there has to be some evil at work to have them end up on the short end. It simply can’t be that a majority of voters reject their appeal, so the fix has to be in. That would explain why the party led by serial philanderer Newt Gingrich impeached President Clinton for lying about having sex with a woman who was not his wife and why a sizable number of Republicans still believe President Obama is not a real citizen of the United States: they can’t beat them at the ballot box, so usurp them once they’re in office.
Even if Mr. Trump were to lose in a Goldwater-sized landslide, he will still claim that the election was rigged, and you can expect court challenges and calls for recounts in every state where he loses by less than ten percentage points. He will not go quietly, either; he’s going to hold a shadow inauguration and have himself sworn in by one of the Duck Dynasty guys or Sarah Palin, whichever one of them charges him the least for a public appearance.
The most intriguing part of this story is that by claiming the election in November will be rigged, Donald Trump is considering the possibility that he will lose the election. I find it interesting that not only does he admit to the possibility that he will lose, but he’s saying it out loud. But Donald Trump has never lost anything in his life, so if he loses the biggest deal ever, it has to be because someone else — not him — cheated. This is the first real chink in the armor of his narcissism.