Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Friday, November 11, 2016

Donald Trump: ‘I’m Afraid The Election Is Going To Be Rigged’

Prepare for a meltdown from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump if he loses the election.

He told supporters on Monday that he fears the election could be rigged, an indication that even if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wins, Trump might not accept it. He made the comments while talking about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who lost the Democratic nomination to Clinton and whose supporters Trump has openly courted.

“First of all, it was rigged,” Trump said of the Democratic primary during a rally in Columbus, Ohio. “And I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest.”

WikiLeaks recently released internal emails from the Democratic National Committee that suggested its staff favored Clinton. Government officials say Russian hackers were behind the breach.

After sowing seeds of mistrust in the election results, Trump quickly turned to praising himself for his “guts” to enter the GOP field and the number of votes he received in the primary, against what some called the greatest field of candidates in history.

The rally came as Trump, as usual, faces multiple other controversies. He avoided taking more jabs at a Muslim mother and father whose son died in combat, but did weigh in on criticism of his recent comments on Russia’s annexation of Crimea and his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump insisted that his comments on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday had been misinterpreted and that he was unaware that Russia in 2014 marched into the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine. The Russian claim to Crimea is not recognized by international bodies.

Trump insisted he “gave a good answer” on Russia and that he did know about the annexation, but that it happened under President Barack Obama’s watch.

He added that it “would be really nice if we got along with Russia and others that we don’t get along with right now,” and teamed up to combat the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

“Putin said some very good things about me,” Trump said. “People say, ‘Oh, Trump’s going to be weak with Putin,’ because Putin is saying nice things about me. OK, all right. And I said he’s a strong guy, they immediately say, ‘Trump likes Putin.’ Look, I don’t like or dislike.”

Original Article
Author:  Elise Foley 

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