Coming from anyone else, what Trump barked to a mob of followers in Toledo Thursday would just be a lame joke:
“And just thinking to myself right now, we should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump, right? What are we even having it for? What are we having it for?”
Here’s why it isn’t funny:
Trump, who has propagated unsubstantiated claims that the election is rigged against him, has also suggested that if he were to lose, he may not concede the election, bucking the tradition of a concession by the loser and a peaceful transfer of power.
If Democratic institutions like elections are rigged anyway, why bother with them? We can determine who deserves to be president by counting yard signs or measuring how loudly people yell at rallies.
Trump’s “rigged” rhetoric is almost certainly intended to protect his absurdly bloated and hypersensitive ego, rather than to lay the groundwork for a coup or civil war. But that doesn’t prevent it from having a corrosive effect on our politics.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 27, 2016
On tips from Varla, Torcer, TrojanMan, and ReaganiteRepublican.