For the past week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has alleged that, despite substantial protections against fraud and manipulations, the upcoming election will be rigged heavily against him, placing Hillary in the Oval Office. "The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary - but also at many polling places – SAD,” he tweeted on Sunday. On Monday, he furthered that Democrats allowing for voter fraud, and Republicans refusing to address the potential issue, will shift the election in Hillary’s favor. "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!"
Leading politicians from both sides of the aisle have condemned Trump for his dangerous rhetoric, arguing that this will instill distrust in the democratic system and upend one of the most vital aspects of the political system: losers lose gracefully and accept the legitimate victory of their opponents. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Florida Senator Marco Rubio have both denounced the candidate’s claims in the strongest terms, arguing that Trump is doing a great disservice to the democratic process at large. In addition to leading Republicans condemning Trump, the nation’s leader and his sidekick have also denounced him.
“One of the great things about America’s democracy is we have a vigorous, sometimes bitter political contest, and when it’s done, historically, regardless of party, the person who loses the election congratulates the winner, reaffirms our democracy and we move forward,” said Obama earlier today. He argued that Trump should “stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes” rather than criticize the democratic process. Vice President Joe Biden corroborated Obama’s sentiment, arguing that Trump "is out there doing something very dangerous." He told voters that they should not boo and complain about Trump but that they should vote against the bombastic businessman in November.
With both Obama and Biden sharply criticizing Trump, the candidate has ramped up his rhetoric about the “rigged election,” furthering his argument rather than stepping back from it. Further, Obama’s approval ratings are currently through the roof, indicating that the American people are satisfied with their leader. As such, his comments mean more than ever, and as it pertains to the election, these remarks could seriously damage Trump’s chances.
Do you think Obama and Biden will have an impact on the way voters perceive Trump’s comments?