Trump doubles down on ‘rigged’ election claim

Trump is predicting the election will be stolen from him at the voting booth


(CNN) – Donald Trump claims the conspiracy to deny him the presidency is widening.

On top of his complaint that the Clinton campaign and the news media are ginning up accusations of sexual assault to damage his campaign, Trump is predicting the election will be stolen from him at the voting booth.

He tweeted, “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!”

But GOP leaders like Ohio’s top elections official – who happens to be a republican – say Trump is wrong.

Ohio Sec of State Jon Husted said, “It’s irresponsible. He should focus on issues that matter to people.”

Husted continued, “I can reassure Donald Trump I am in charge of elections in Ohio, and they’re not going to be rigged, I’ll make sure of that.”

When pressed, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway didn’t offer any evidence of voter fraud.

Conway said, “I didn’t say that, I said if there is we would certainly take action – but in the meantime, it is certainly frustrating every day, to see that we can’t get complete coverage of the race.”

Trump’s warnings of election shenanigans come one day after his running mate said the GOP nominee would indeed accept the will of the people.

Mike Pence says it’s about the coverage of the campaign.

Pence noted, “We will absolutely accept the results of the election. The American people are tired of the obvious bias in the national media. That’s where the sense of a rigged election goes here.”

Trump says one way to stop the conspiracy against him is to conduct a drug test before Wednesday’s debate. Suggesting, without offering any evidence, Hillary Clinton was using a performance enhancing substance at their last face-off.

Trump said, “We should take a drug test prior – cause I don’t know what’s going on with her, but at the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped at the beginning, and at the end it was like ‘uh, take me down.’ She could barely reach her car.”

Even the White House took issue with that one.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, “So you’re telling me that the candidate who snorted his way through the first two debates is accusing the other candidate of taking drugs?”

Aides say Trump will try to get back on message at a rally in Green Bay Monday evening. The campaign says he will again hit Clinton on her use of a private email server. He will also join republicans in their claim that the FBI and the state department are working together to contain the email scandal. An allegation both the bureau and the state department deny.

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