President Donald Trump is behind in the polls nationally and in most battleground states, but many of his supporters are sure only fraud can sink him.
The president himself has been stoking conspiracies about fraudulent ballots, and his supporters believe he would be justified in challenging a losing result and are already blaming Trump’s opponents for any violence that might break out, reported the New York Times.
“I think the country is more volatile if he wins legitimately, that’s my bigger concern,” Rick Slowicki, a 52-year-old courier service owner from Philadelphia. “Republicans aren’t the ones known to be strong protesters. Before he even stepped into the presidency, the protests and the rioting had begun, and it’s just continued.”
Slowicki does not support Trump refusing to leave office if he loses, but many of his supporters don’t see any way the president can legitimately lose.
“There’s going to be massive attempts at fraud,” said 73-year-old Sylvia Rhodes Blakey, Green Valley, Arizona. “There are so many illegals that have the names of dead people, and they’re voting on those ballots.”
Jim Thienel, a 73-year-old from Waterford, Michigan, said his experience as a poll watcher in Detroit convinced him that voter fraud would be rampant in the Nov. 3 election — and he feared Democrats would become violent if their alleged efforts to cheat failed.
“I just spent three and a half hours in gun training today because I’m concerned,” Thienel said.
Voter after voter told the Times they believed the winner should be settled by the time TV networks sign off on Election Night, and they support Trump refusing to accept results that aren’t known for days or even weeks.
“We have an Election Day,” said Sherry Livering, a 58-year-old homemaker from Lebanon, Pennsylvania. “I don’t want to wait two weeks, that’s ridiculous.”
Charles Thompson, a 73-year-old certified public accountant from Green Valley, agreed.
“For most of my life,” he said, “by the time I went to bed, I knew who was going to be president.”
Trump pushes closing claim that ‘suburban women are STRONG’ for his campaign
President Donald Trump continued to ignore polling data to push his conspiracy theory that Joe Biden will destroy the suburbs and that is why suburban women are backing him.
None of that is true, there is no evidence that Trump's return to redlining policies will destroy the suburbs. And Trump has consistently polled poorly with women, which is a major reason Republicans are fearing that the 2020 election will be a bloodbath for their party.
On Sunday, Trump ignored all of that to push his conspiracy theory again and to falsely claim he's winning the support of women in the suburbs.
White House lawyer part of scheme to smear Hunter Biden — but not even the WSJ would buy it: NYT
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Journalist Ben Smith wrote in The Times article, "By early October, even people inside the White House believed President Trump’s re-election campaign needed a desperate rescue mission. So three men allied with the president gathered at a house in McLean, Va., to launch one. The host was Arthur Schwartz, a New York public relations man close to President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr. The guests were a White House lawyer, Eric Herschmann, and a former deputy White House counsel, Stefan Passantino, according to two people familiar with the meeting."
Trump campaigns in Maine — as Susan Collins announces vote against Amy Coney Barrett
It was a "Tale of Two Republicans in Maine" Sunday as President Donald J. Trump made an "Off the Record" stop to campaign for his re-election and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), also up for re-election, officially took her stand against Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation vote.
“Because this vote is occurring prior to the election, I will vote against the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett," Collins said. "To be clear, my vote does not reflect any conclusion that I have reached about Judge Barrett's qualifications to serve on the Supreme Court.”