Donald Trump on Monday said he’s “afraid” the November election “is about to be rigged,” stoking mistrust of the system that he has fostered among his supporters.
The GOP nominee consistently complained of a system “rigged” against him as an “outsider” during the primaries. Now, with less than 100 days until the general election, Trump is again expressing doubts about the legitimacy of the process.
“I’m afraid the election’s gonna be rigged. I have to be honest,” Trump said.
Trump’s rally Monday was his first public event since his controversial back and forth with Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Kahn, who spoke out against his candidacy at the Democratic convention last week and he made no mention of the family during Monday’s event.
He did, however, call for the press corps to meet him in the hall of the event venue ahead of his appearance where he criticized the location’s fire marshal for not allowing any more people into the event hall.
When he was done claiming politics as the motivation, Trump ignored questions about Khan as he walked on stage — where he led off by continuing his tirade against the fire marshal. “I have to tell you that the fire marshal, they turned away thousands of people,” Trump said, claiming they were given “orders of no more than a thousand people.” As Trump spoke, almost all of the chairs laid out by the campaign around the stage were full.
After the rally, the Columbus Fire Department told NBC in a statement that attendance was limited to about 1,000 people “due to construction in the building” that rendered “many of the exits” unusable.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Ali Vitali