Donald Trump is making some reckless and potentially dangerous remarks about the presidential election in Pennsylvania.
The Republican presidential candidate has argued that he has strong momentum in the state and that “the only way we can lose, in my opinion, I really mean this, Pennsylvania, is if cheating goes on.”
Trump made those remarks while speaking at a recent campaign rally in Altoona. At the rally, Trump also said it was “shocking” that Pennsylvania does not require photo identification to vote.
Trump is wrong.
There is absolutely nothing shocking that the state does not require photo identification to vote after studies have found very few instances of voter fraud in Pennsylvania and nationwide.
In a 2014 study, Loyola University Law School professor Justin Levitt found just 31 incidents of voter impersonation out of more than 1 billion ballots cast in a 14-year span.
Fortunately, the state’s voter ID law was struck down in 2014.
What is shocking is that Trump would argue that the only way he could lose the state would be if there was cheating. Despite his claim of growing momentum, recent polls shows Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leading Trump by substantial margins in the Keystone state.
Trump is acting like a sore loser weeks before the general election is held on Nov. 8.
But more than being a sore loser, Trump’s call to backers to be extra vigilant and watch for signs of cheating on Election Day is dangerous.
“I hope you people can sort of not just vote on the 8th—go around and look and watch other polling places and make sure that it’s 100 percent fine,” Trump told his supporters.
Trump said: “We’re going to watch Pennsylvania. Go down to certain areas and watch and study and make sure other people don’t come in and vote five times.”
Trump’s offensive implication is that his supporters who are predominately White Republicans from rural counties have to go monitor areas that traditionally vote Democratic, which is more urban and more African American.
Campaigns are allowed to appoint poll watchers on Election Day to observe the process for irregularities but Trump’s remarks are divisive and could lead to potential conflicts between voters.
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