By Annika Fagerholm 10/17/16
Republican candidate Donald Trump repeated his claim that the presidential election is rigged creating an even bigger divide in the GOP. Trump tweeted several times Sunday morning questioning the validity of the race for the White House.
“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD,” he said.
Vice presidential running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence went against Trump and declared his faith in the political process during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” saying, “We will absolutely accept the result of the election.”
Several other Republican elected officials have combat Trump’s claim including Ohio secretary of state Jon A. Husted who called this rhetoric “irresponsible.”
Pence did back Trumps statement that there is an “obvious bias” in the mainstream media and asserted that the election is rigged in that sense.
Several Trump supporters agreed with the tweets. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani claimed that Democrats have previously had dead people vote in their inner cities allowing them to win an election on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I’m sorry, dead people generally vote for Democrats rather than Republicans,” he said.
Sunday evening Trump tweeted again blaming the firebombing of a North Carolina local GOP office on supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning @NCGOP,” he said.
In response to this tweet the North Carolina Republican Party responded to the tweet by thanking Clinton for her “thoughts and prayers.”