'Rigged election': Trump's long-running fraud claims

‘Rigged election’: Trump’s long-running fraud claims

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Paris: Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that there was “significant fraud” in the US presidential election and claimed victory.

The Republican Party has accused election fraud, especially when the result is not the long history he likes.

“Obama lost the referendum”

During the 2012 presidential election, when Trump supported the infamous “birther” theory (that is, Barack Obama is not an American), the real estate developer claimed that the voting machine had erased the Republican candidate Romney’s vote.

Just after the results are announced, Trump tweets — wrongly — that Obama “lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!

“We should march on Washington and stop this travesty,” he adds.

‘Ted Cruz stole Iowa!

During the 2016 Republican primary elections, Trump accused his rival Ted Cruz of cheating when convincingly defeated him in Iowa and Wisconsin.

“Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it,” Trump tweets. “That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!”

“The dead are voting”

After he wins the Republican nomination, Trump ramps up his rhetoric, attacking the “corrupt” voting system as he falls behind in opinion polls to the Democrat Hillary Clinton, who he dubbed “Crooked Hillary”.

On August 1 he twice warns that the election “is going to be rigged”, telling supporters: “We’d better be careful… or it’s going to be taken away from us.”

“People that have died 10 years ago are still voting,” he later claims, saying “fraud is very, very common” and that illegal immigrants are also voting.

Trump also spread a conspiracy theory claiming that 2.5 million Clinton supporters received two votes, “so they can vote twice.”

“I will keep you in suspense”

In the Fox News presidential debate less than three weeks before the poll on November 8, 2016, Trump dramatically broke the American electoral tradition, saying that if Clinton wins, he may not accept defeat.

“I will tell you at the time,” he says. “I’ll keep you in suspense.”

“I won the popular vote”

Even after he won the presidency by a majority of the electoral college, Trump falsely claimed that he had won the general election, saying that Clinton had won millions of illegal votes.

“Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California,” he tweets.

“So why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias — big problem!”

“Try to steal” votes

In the final months of the 2020 campaign, Trump refused to promise a peaceful transfer of power if he loses, saying that Democrats are using postal voting to steal the election.

He claimed that the postal vote (which usually confuses Democrats) is “a big scam.”

Hours after counting started, Trump tweets that “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election” and later says he will go to the Supreme Court to dispute the count.

He tells cheering supporters in the White House that “we did win this election” and that the vote “is a fraud on the American public” and that “we want all voting to stop”.

Experts and US government officials have repeatedly said polling fraud is rare. 

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