Deny. Distract. Counter Accuse.
That is the basic strategy of hard ball politics, and faced with the Wrath of Khan over his ridiculous remarks about the death of a Muslim U.S. Army captain in Iraq and his father’s impassioned speech at the DNC, that’s what Trump is doing.
The Republican nominee faced a barrage of criticism following his controversial comments about the Gold Star parents of the Muslim soldier. He has walked back some of his remarks in “clarifications,” and reiterated his support for the troops. At rallies on Monday Trump declined to address the controversy further.
In the midst of a disastrous week for his campaign, Trump labeled rival Hillary Clinton as “the devil”
And then Trump claimed the election might be rigged in the devil’s favor, an unprecedented statement for a major party nominee in modern history. “I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest,” he told the crowd.
“November 8th, we’d better be careful,” Trump said. “And I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it’s going to be taken away from us.”
Roger Stone, a long time Trumpeteer, amplified these concerns in an interview, saying “I think we have widespread voter fraud, but the first thing that Trump needs to do is begin talking about it constantly.”
And why stop there?
“I am leading in Florida. The polls all show it. If I lose Florida, we will know that there’s voter fraud,” Trump bleated out. “If there’s voter fraud, this election will be illegitimate, the election of the winner will be illegitimate, we will have a constitutional crisis, widespread civil disobedience, and the government will no longer be the government.”
Trump then went on to promise a “bloodbath” if the Democrats attempted to steal the election.
And hey friends, it is still only August. We have a about three more months of this to listen to. November 8 won’t just be election day, it will be a mercy killing — for all of us.