“Remember, we are competing in a rigged election.” (Donald Trump, October 17, 2016, Wisconsin)
“It’s largely a rigged system.” (Donald Trump, November 8, 2016, Fox News)
This is but a sampling of the many times over the course of the 2016 presidential election when Donald Trump made the claim that the election was rigged. He warned of voter fraud and ballot tampering, and refused to state beforehand whether he would accept the results of the election.
So, one has to wonder why he would now call recount efforts in Wisconsin a “scam,” a move designed only to “fill up [Green Party] coffers,” going on to label the recount “impossible” and in mentioning that Democrats are now joining the effort, calling them “badly defeated.”
I suppose one could suggest that “rigged” only applies when one is on the losing end. After all, I don’t recall Trump joining with Bernie Sanders in accusations of the economy being rigged, presumably because Trump is advantaged by any such rigging.
Also, describing the Democrats as having been “badly defeated” is a bit of a stretch since Hillary Clinton received somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 million more votes than Trump.
But wait! Did she really? Not to be outdone, Trump has gone on to claim that “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
I have long thought that Trump does not understand how voting works. My guess is that November 8, 2016, was probably the first time he ever voted. Because it was the first time his name was on the ballot.
Earlier in the campaign, he said that people could go in and vote 10 times if they want to. Seems unlikely considering that half of all eligible voters didn’t bother to vote at all. He also seemed incredulous that a million or so dead people are still registered to vote. Well, yes, it’s true, if a voter dies a day or a week or a month before the election is held, their name will still be on the list of registered voters. Barring a zombie apocalypse, I don’t expect that they will actually vote.
In any case, Trump seems to be envious that he is unable to continue holding rallies and talking about how the election was rigged. He actually seems frustrated that it is others who are able to call for a recount. He simultaneously describes the recount effort as a scam while also claiming that millions voted illegally.
As others have observed, Trump is much like the dog who catches the car. The chase was fun. Now that he’s actually caught the car, he doesn’t know what to do with it, and the chase is over. So, he’s trying to fabricate a new chase.
One can scarcely imagine that a president-elect would have enough hours in the day to get up to speed on all the issues facing the United States and the world, yet there are reports that Trump has had only two national security briefings and he seems to continue to spend an inordinate amount of time stewing over things that matter only to him. He is so thin skinned that he stews over, then tweets about, Saturday Night Live. In his tirade against CNN’s coverage of his voter fraud claims, Trump actually re-tweeted the post of a 16-year-old boy.
Well, as long as he’s focusing on the important stuff ….