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Trump ramps up voter fraud claim, digs in against women accusers

Clinton leads Trump in national opinion polls

By Reuters - Oct 17,2016 - Last updated at Oct 17,2016

Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, US, on Friday (Reuters photo)

WASHINGTON — Republican candidate Donald Trump said on Monday he expected widespread voter fraud in the November 8 US presidential election, ramping up his warning of a rigged election despite considerable evidence that shows the electoral system is sound.

Trump has tried to whip up fears of a flawed election as he has fallen back in opinion polls against Democrat Hillary Clinton. He is also strongly denying allegations from multiple women that he has sexually assaulted or otherwise behaved inappropriately with them.

“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!” Trump said on Twitter on Monday.

Trump, a New York businessman making his first run for public office, has not provided any evidence to back the allegations of fraud and a number of Republicans are chafing. Some of them have urged him publicly to show proof or drop the claims. Early voting and voting by mail have begun in many states.

While Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence, and his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, have tried to reshape the candidate’s comments as being aimed at an unfair news media, Trump’s own words have targeted the legitimacy of the election system.

Even after Pence said in a televised interview on Sunday that Trump would accept the results of next month’s election, Trump tweeted that the “election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places — SAD”.

Numerous studies have shown that voter fraud in US elections is rare, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. In a report titled “The Truth About Voter Fraud”, the centre cited voter fraud incident rates between 0.00004 per cent and 0.0009 per cent.

An August study by The Washington Post found 31 credible cases of impersonation fraud out of more than 1 billion votes cast in elections from 2000 to 2014. Arizona State University studies in 2012 and 2016 found similarly low rates.

“Despite this overwhelming evidence, claims that voter fraud is rampant consistently garner media attention, because perceived threats to electoral integrity — even those with no basis in fact — frighten voters by striking at the core of our democracy,” Brennan Centre counsel Jennifer Clark wrote in a blog last month.

Trump supporter Steve King, a Republican congressman from Iowa, was pressed Monday on CNN about whether Trump was making an unsubstantiated claim in saying the election would be illegitimate.

“I wouldn’t say it’s completely unsubstantiated,” King said. “Partially unsubstantiated — I would agree with that.”

 Trump’s campaign has been struggling with sexual misconduct allegations from several women since a 2005 videotape emerged on October 7 showing him boasting about groping and making other unwanted sexual advances on women.

“Can’t believe these totally phony stories, 100% made up by women (many already proven false) and pushed big time by press, have impact!” Trump said in another Twitter post on Monday.

Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations but has not provided any proof they are false.

On Sunday night Trump blamed “animals representing Hillary Clinton” and Democrats in North Carolina for an overnight attack on a local Republican Party headquarters in Hillsborough.

Local, state and federal investigators were sifting through evidence on Monday, trying to narrow the time frame of the incident and looking for clues about who was behind the attack.

 

Clinton leads Trump in national opinion polls and is also ahead in the race to win the Electoral College, the tally of wins from states that decides the White House election. After a brutal week for Trump, Clinton maintained a substantial projected advantage in the Electoral College race, according to the latest results from the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project released on Saturday.

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Hello Charlie. Trump is going to win the White House if you don't believe it just ask the people in Ohio which is one of the election's most important battleground states .Most Americans don't want to see this nasty woman back with Bill in the White House .Americans and the World may have to hold their collective breath and hope for the next four years as Trump is definitely going to defeat Hillary and puts an end to her and her husband dream of coming back to the White House for more sexual scandals .

Clinton should back out after acting as a madam for Bill for years. Threatening women he abused.I presume her running mate Kaine was chosen because his c.v. makes him look like Mother Theresa in trousers.The USA needs a big shake up in Government. The only person likely to do that in the USA is Donald Trump.Beat them high Trump .

Trump is like a breath of fresh air America needs to get rid itself of Obama and his band . Hilary is just a chip off the old lying Clinton block.The media are working overtime to try paint Trump in a bad light and cover up Hillary's crimes, and yet despite that, Trump is still hugely ahead. These gangsters need to be forced out of the White House or else they will never leave. like parasites.Good Luck Trump on November 08 see you in the White house soon .

I feel sorry for the Americans going through all this farce every four years to choose a new president. Why don't they save their money , time and efforts and do what the Arabs doing having once for ever president .

If argue continues between the two candidates I advise the American Defense Minister to follow the Egyptian Defense Minster Abdul- Fattah Al-Sisi style and lead a military coup. American Administrations in the past engineered and supported scores of military coups in Third World Countries . Why don't they have one for themselves to find out how bad the Military Rule is .

t's clear that democracy has now failed in America. This election has descended into farce.I propose the suspension of elections, and the creation of the new position of Eternal President like Arab Leaders, to be appointed by a trusted committee of party elders convened only upon abdication or death.This will give America the stability and strength it needs to thrive in the 21st century and beyond. Ordinary Americans just want to get on with their lives and not have to deal with all this political nonsense.

I am wishing Trump all the best in the coming US election if I was an American I would vote for him without thinking twice as he is a frank person. He was honest with the Muslims not a hypocrite like other US presidents. He said it clearly and loudly look Muslims we hate you, we don't want you , get out of here .

America and the world can only hold their collective breath and hope that sanity rules in the election and Trump goes down in the defeat he so richly deserves.

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