The newly “unshackled” Trump campaign has been on a mission as of late to frame Donald Trump’s imminent loss as a conspiracy with the media and a rigged electoral system at the roots.
During an appearance on MSNBC on Tuesday, Trump campaign adviser AJ Delgado joined the club and discussed how voter fraud is a serious “systemic issue.”
MSNBC host Kate Snow suggested that, yes voter fraud does happen, however not at the widespread level that Delgado and the Trump campaign are alleging. Even various Republican leaders have indicated the same.
Delgado said, “The 430 cases I mentioned,” — a number she cited from the Heritage Foundation — “are actual convictions. Think how bad it is and how it could be somewhat considered widespread in a way, or systemic, when you actually have 430 convictions [for voter fraud].”
When Snow asked whether the fact that there are voter fraud convictions proved that the system is actually working, Delgado retorted, “That’s like saying there are murder convictions, so murder is not a problem in the country.”
She continued, “No, the fact that there are hundreds of convictions show that there is a problem. And also that there are many who are never brought or tried and there is no conviction. This is a systemic issue.”
“THE SYSTEM IS RIGGED!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2016
No, voter fraud is not a “systemic issue.” Racism is a systemic issue. It’s a problem that affects various facets of life through different institutions. For instance, racism is present in the economy, incarceration, immigration, among others. Misogyny is another systemic issue that affects women, as well as the queer community.
These are just two examples, both of which the Trump campaign has seriously overlooked while simultaneously mobilizing violent racist and misogynistic narratives — even though Trump himself is both colorblind and gender neutral, according to daughter, Ivanka.
Voter fraud does not qualify within the same lens of what counts as a “systemic issue.” But if the Trump campaign wants to frame it as such, they might consider how their continued calls for supporters to monitor polling places is rooted in a violent, racist history of white supremacist voter intimidation tactics.
However, Delgado was more interested in voter fraud itself — a serious issue that is central to a campaign that is failing specifically because of the candidate’s behavior more than anything else.
She says, “All Mr. Trump is saying is ‘Listen, let’s make sure the process plays out the way it should, let’s be vigilant.’ And I think this is something that Democrats and Republicans alike should applaud.”
Watch the full clip below.