What Does It Mean to ‘Rig’ a Presidential Election?

As I’m sure everyone knows by now, Republican nominee for president Donald Trump has claimed that the presidential election is rigged. Which to many people my age, especially those who favor Mr. Trump, may not be that big of a deal. “So he says the election is rigged, it doesn’t mean anything.” But it does. Since Trump’s statement has been released as well as his quote at the final presidential debate last Wednesday, “I’ll keep you in suspense,” The media has gone crazy. Some reporters are saying that these statements are ‘means for disqualification’ while others, much like those my age, don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany was on the CNN panel with Anderson Cooper after the last debate and was avidly pushing for people to see that there was in fact voter fraud happening in favor of Secretary Clinton. In her words, “There are as many as 4 million dead people registered to vote right now. There is voting fraud out there.” To which every single person on the panel with maybe the exception of one loudly told her that that was not voting fraud and that she was making it up. I must admit, this clip made me laugh and I’ll post the link somewhere in this post. Back to the point, though. McEnany then tries to push her claim further by saying that there is a mass operation of people being bused around by people hired by Hillary Clinton in order for them to vote under the names of dead people. This was contradicted by someone else on the panel, who enlightened her to the fact that a photo ID is required when you go in to vote, preventing cases such as these. Just from this clip, it was pretty apparent that if you were going to try to rig an election, it’s not like stuffing the ballots with paper like in school elections. It’s much much harder, because it’s on a federal scale. And because it’s on a federal scale, that’s what makes what Mr. Trump said so critical if you are an undecided voter. Many people have said this exact same thing: Trump not having faith in the fairness of the election is Trump not having faith in the American system of government. And as someone who is running to be the representative of our country and partial leader to said government, he can’t have a sliver of doubt. Even if he did, he can’t share that to the public. That changes everyone’s mindset of whether or not this country’s democracy is all that it claims to be. For a personal opinion on what I think about this election, I truly am just ready for it to be over. It’s exhausting, and I can’t even vote. For those of you interested, here is the link to the video of the CNN panel that I watched:

http://mediamatters.org/video/2016/10/19/watch-cnn-panel-shut-down-trump-supporter-kayleigh-mcenany-pushing-voter-fraud-myths/213959

AC

Disclaimer: This is just my opinion 🙂

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