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Trump is rigging his own failure


Business Inside.com

Donald Trump says if he loses the presidential election, it will have been “rigged.”

He’s been using the word for months. During the Florida primary in March, he tweeted that state Republican officials and Marco Rubio were “trying to rig the vote.”

Before the New York primary, Trump complained of “a rigged system.” He said the way Republican delegates were chosen in Colorado was “a crooked deal.”

And after Trump lost the Wisconsin primary to Ted Cruz, his campaign issued a statement that read, in, part, “Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet—he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump.”

Media observers challenged his claims. As the GOP convention approached, Michael Cantrell wrote, “Trump might have a solid case about primaries being rigged if he managed to lose his home state by a significant margin, but seeing as how that didn’t happen, and how he’s in the lead, I highly doubt there’s a conspiracy going down to rob him of the nomination.” Cantrell writes for the website Young Conservatives.

Trump won the Republican presidential nomination anyway, even though he thought the system was, in his words, “100 percent crooked.” Yet even after the GOP convention, he “claimed that the Republican nomination would have been stolen from him had he not won by significant margins,” according to the website Conservative Read.

Of late, Trump is picking different targets. McClatchy DC reported he is “accusing Hillary Clinton and the Democrats of trying to stifle viewership for the presidential debates by scheduling them during NFL games this fall,” even though the debates “were scheduled in September 2015 by the same private, non-partisan commission that has organized presidential debates since 1988.” At that time, Trump was just another Republican candidate in a field of 17.

Now we have Trump using the R-word about November’s general election, saying, "I'm afraid the election's going to be rigged. I have to be honest.”

Trump seems to think everything that doesn’t go his way or might not go his way is rigged. Jim Geraghty, writing in the National Review, reports that in June, Trump said the economy is “rigged by big donors who want to keep wages down.”

Geraghty continues, “In July, he concluded that the FBI’s decision to not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton was ‘the best evidence ever that we’ve seen that our system is absolutely, totally rigged.’”
As for the media, Trump tweeted Sunday, “If the disgusting and corrupt media covered me honestly and didn’t put false meaning into the words I say, I would be beating Hillary by 20 percent.”

Eighteen years ago, Hillary Clinton spoke of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to engulf her and her husband, then-President Bill Clinton, in scandals. Trump has gone her two better: a conspiracy by Republicans to deny him the presidential nomination, a conspiracy by a non-partisan organization to put him at a disadvantage in the presidential debates, and a conspiracy by Democrats to defeat him in the general election.

Geraghty suggests Trump’s attitude is a symptom of a broader problem: “No one ever just loses anymore. There are no honest defeats.”

He continues, “The philosophy of the disgruntled toddler has taken root, far and wide, across the political spectrum: ‘If I win, the game was fair. If I lose, the only possible explanation is that the other guy cheated.’” (I added the italics for emphasis).
This polarization contaminates political discourse, especially in social media. When Clinton is criticized, a frequent response is “Yeah, but Trump did/said A” etc. When Trump is criticized, it’s “Yeah, but Hillary did/said Z” etc.

That’s just one step up from “I know you are, but what am I?” because it doesn’t address the criticisms. Rather, it deflects attention from them.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of time to pay attention between now and November.

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2016 06:25 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, not playing fair in the sandbox and blaming others for our mistakes / poor choices has become the norm in America. I take great pride in knowing that my sons practice fair play (most of the time) and hold themselves accountable for their actions. I'm amazed at the "excuses" I hear everyday to rationalize someone's poor decision. I've made bad decisions and will make many more. I have nobody but myself to blame for any decision - good or bad.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 19th, 2016 03:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, but *I'm* the one who suggested we take the plates from your car, put them on the MG and take it for a spin, so you can kind of blame me for that one.
anita_margarita
Aug. 19th, 2016 02:54 am (UTC)
I know numerous people who loathe HRC, loathe her with every fiber of their being. They believe every disproven rumor about her.

But even if she was everything they believe about her - she is still FAR more qualified than Trump.

I have never heard anyone give a solid reason why they like Trump. No one can give a rundown of his policy. He speaks for the bigots, the fearful, the ignorant. And I hate saying that about my friends who like him, but there it is.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 19th, 2016 03:44 am (UTC)
Trump has a policy?
anita_margarita
Aug. 19th, 2016 03:52 am (UTC)
It's yuuuge.
everville340
Aug. 22nd, 2016 03:01 pm (UTC)
“The philosophy of the disgruntled toddler has taken root, far and wide, across the political spectrum..."

Thank you for bringing attention to this, a philosophy feeling inherently befallen to more than just politics in today's society.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 23rd, 2016 12:22 am (UTC)
As Aristotle once said, "Ain't that the truth."
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