Trump Feels The 2016 Presidential Election Is Rigged

Trump says it is rigged before a vote has been cast

TAMPA – Donald Trump now says that if he doesn’t win the election in November, it will be because the outcome is rigged. His campaign is even said to be attempting to find “observers” to monitor voting in some key states.

That sounds to me like he already knows he is going to lose. Think of his pre-packaged excuse as the modern-day rendition of “you won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.”

Everyone is in on the plot, too — Democrats (of course), media (of course), and basically anyone who has observed Trump’s train wreck of a campaign and decided the nation will be best served by establishing a perimeter around the White House to keep him as far away as possible from the Oval Office.

While that topic might spark lively banter at the next meeting of Conspiracy Local 202 (tin foil hat optional), I think it’s the beginning of Trump’s exit strategy. When he loses, he didn’t lose — he was robbed.

Robbed by THEM.

Who is THEM?

Anyone who didn’t vote for Trump, of course.

Oh, please let me introduce myself.

I’m a member of the media — or, as The Donald would say, the “corrupt” media. Trump would have everyone believe that the media decided at its secret conclave in a secure bunker deep inside the Clinton Foundation headquarters that Hillary will be the next president of the United States.

To accomplish that goal, we have conceived a most devious game plan. The media plot — this is really brilliant – is to have operatives cover his campaign and report the things he says!

Where is the humanity?

That’s why he is trying to warn people, like when he said the other day, “If the disgusting and corrupt media covered me honestly and didn’t put false meaning into the words I say, I would be beating Hillary by 20 percent.”

No, Donald, you wouldn’t.

If Trump were to be replaced by a Republican candidate who was stable, reasoned, informed and didn’t scare the crap out of people, that hypothetical candidate could be winning — probably not by 20 percent, but I doubt Clinton would look anything like the shoo-in she does now.

A 6

Since Trump’s campaign is built on a kneejerk platform conceived in a stream of consciousness, he actually is banking, I think, on voters not breaking down his “corrupt media” statement.

If they did, they might think Trump is saying they lack sufficient brainpower to sort through the coverage and make their own judgment.

No candidate has received more air time than Trump during this campaign. His Republican rivals for the nomination complained about that all the time.

And he said a lot of the same stuff then as he does now, and I don’t think the media coverage was any different during the primaries. That didn’t stop him from becoming the GOP’s choice to run against Clinton.

You know how it goes, though.

Trump can’t accept now that the primaries are over, a large portion of the voting bloc thinks he is crazier than a loon and downright dangerous to national security.

Assuming he gets walloped at the polls, you don’t think he will just disappear, do you? So let’s think ahead to the morning after the election.

A 14

After convincing his supporters that the media robbed them, he could then become a member of the media he so despises. He could get a TV show to spread hate and bile among those who want to believe everyone is out to get them.

His true believers will stay with him no matter, and that’s what he wants. He wants attention. He is an awful candidate, but, I think he is having too much fun to ever let this go.


After nearly 42 years as both a sports and news columnist, along with a variety of other roles, at the Tampa Tribune, Joe Henderson brings his slant on politics and sports to and Originally from the small town of Lebanon, Ohio, Joe resides outside of Tampa with Elaine, his wife of more than 35 years. Their two grown sons stop by when there is time, and their faithful Watch Cat, Sassy is always on guard.