You know we are living in a banana republic when 75 percent of the country distrust their media and 41 percent of Americans regardless of political affiliation believe a presidential election can be stolen outright from the deserving candidate. That number jumps to 73 percent when counting Republicans who believe the election can be stolen from Trump.
According to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll, 41% of Americans believe the presidential election could be stolen from Donald Trump, citing voter fraud as one of the catalysts.
Politico, the outlet that conducted the polling and an outlet that has proven to be part of the problem, posits that it's all of Trump's talk about the election being "rigged" that is causing Americans to, well, think that it's rigged:
"The public sentiment is beginning to reflect Trump's campaign message," Politico explains.
No. Rather, the public sentiment reflects Americans' knowledge that voter fraud is a genuine problem and that media outlets like Politico have colluded with the Clinton campaign from day one. The outlet continues:
Over the last week, the GOP nominee has intensified his criticism of the U.S. electoral system, much to the chagrin of elected Republicans, who think it threatens the peaceful transfer of power. Trump calls the process rigged, and has said the media is colluding with Hillary Clinton to throw the presidential race in her favor.
You mean like when Politico's own chief White House political correspondent and senior staff writer Glenn Thrush actually allowed his article to be edited by Hillary Clinton's campaign Chairman John Podesta prior to publishing it? You mean that kind of "media collusion," Politico?
In an new email chain released by Wikileaks Monday, Thrush wrote to Podesta:
"Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u [sic] ... Please don't share or tell anyone I did this … tell me if I f***ed up anything."
To which Podesta said the article had "no problems."
Not surprisingly, a paltry 17 percent of Democrats believes in the "prospect of massive fraud at the ballot box."
Of course they don't.
But voters generally approve of Trump's rhetoric. Nearly 60 percent of those polled said it's necessary to raise questions about the accuracy of the election results, because the election could be compromised by voter fraud or a foreign government. Specifically, 70 percent of Republicans polled say it's necessary.
“The results show that voters are increasingly losing confidence that votes around the country will be counted accurately on Election Day," said Kyle Dropp, cofounder and chief research officer at Morning Consult. "The sentiment especially rings true among Trump's supporters, with half expressing concern about a 'rigged election.'"
And nothing will be done about it.