Show us any differences from then and today, Mr. Trump
Now the update on a very timely subject, in part from here and with this introduction:
In both tweets and speeches, Trump has moved from Breitbart-based crazy theories about the Clinton's, to Info wars-based crazy (Alex Jones) theories about the whole of humanity. The most damaging of these rants are Trump’s assault on the first amendment, and his increasingly prominent declaration that election results can’t be trusted. From one of his latest string of tweets:
“Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before Election Day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!”
FACT: No study has found large-scale, or even more-than-minuscule, voter fraud. However, Republicans have been passing off this idea for years a pretense for voter ID laws, making this fertile ground for Trump’s conspiracy crop. Donald Trump is going to fall, he knows it, and he wants to take democracy down with him.
MORE: Trump continues to offer broad assertions about the potential for voter fraud and the complaints that 9 women have alleged he sexually accosted them, are part of an effort to smear his campaign and win for Clinton.
There is no evidence voter fraud is a widespread problem in the United States. A study by a Loyola Law School professor found that out of 1 billion votes cast in all American elections between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 known cases of impersonation fraud. (Also, more here from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU and from here and from here, and from here, all regarding the myth of voter fraud).
THEN TRUMP SAID THIS WHILE HE WAS IN NC: “It's one big ugly lie, it's one big fix. And the only thing I say is hopefully, hopefully, our patriotic movement will overcome this terrible deception.”
WE HAVE GONE A BRIDGE TO FAR AS THEY SAY: Trump's supporters appear to be taking his grievances seriously. For example, about 1/3 of Republicans said they have a great deal or quite a bit of confidence that votes on Election Day will be counted fairly.
Re: The firebombing of a RNC HQ office in Hillsborough, NC (pop 6,000) NC (which is Orange County Seat and home of UNC at Chapel Hill) (pop 133,000). He and Hillary Clinton issued two contrasting responses to that act which had this graffiti message “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” left on the building. It inflicted extensive damage to the office, according to police officials in Hillsborough, but no one was hurt in the incident. The police are still investigating.
From Hillary Clinton: “The attack on the Orange County HQ is horrific and unacceptable. We are very grateful that everyone is safe.”
From Donald Trump (as usual, quick to assign responsibility for the incident to Clinton supporters, despite a lack of evidence from authorities, tweeted): “Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning.”
Trump's motivations for stoking these sentiments seem clear and his tactics or ploy:
1. One of his last hopes of winning the election is to suppress turnout by making these final weeks so repulsive to voters that some just stay home.
2. Trump advisers privately say they hope to turn off young people in particular. This group leans Democratic but doesn't have a long history of voting and is already skeptical of Clinton.
3. Trump is also likely considering how he would spin a loss to Clinton, given that he's spent decades cultivating a brand based on success and winning.
4. His years in public life offer few examples where he's owned up to his own failings and plenty where he's tried to pass the blame on to others, as he's now suggesting he would do if he's defeated
The question of course is simple: Will Trump act the way he implies if he loses or will they accept the election outcome like we Americans always do? Theories will abound until Election Day and thereafter for sure.
The public must be prepared for any “revolt *that Trump talks about and at any level by anyone for any reason anywhere and at any time. That is hard for me to say and I do not like to speculate – it is not my nature, but the question is: How many radicals trust and believe in what Trump is spewing? That is key for any rational person to ponder.
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