Trump: This Election Looks Rigged

He got physical when teleprompter broke down
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2016 10:40 AM CDT
Trump: This Election Looks Rigged
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Charlotte, NC.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Looks like Donald Trump did not sleep well Friday night: He spent Saturday morning firing off a series of tweets claiming that the election is rigged, which the AP calls an "unprecedented assertion in a country with a history of peaceful democratic transition." "Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted and should be in jail," he said in one tweet. "Instead she is running for president in what looks like a rigged election." In another, he slammed the media for "poisoning the minds" of American voters with what he calls "100% fabricated and made-up charges" of sexual misconduct. A round-up of coverage:

  • The Washington Post reports that Trump physically dismantled one teleprompter and knocked another one down after they stopped working during a speech in Charlotte, NC Friday night. He told the audience he preferred it without teleprompters and went on to hopscotch through dozens of topics in front of an enthusiastic crowd. At an earlier rally in Greensboro, he denounced two of the women who have accused him of sexual misbehavior, saying one of them "would not be my first choice."

  • Mashable reports that Trump has threatened to sue the New York Times over its story on two of the accusers, and such a suit could be a bonanza for the NYT. Trump would be the subject of a deposition and the paper's lawyers would be allowed to probe the histories of family members and other Trump associates, opening what "Columbia School of Journalism professor Stuart Karle calls a "rich vein of yuck about Donald Trump."
  • Clinton's campaign has also hit out the media, accusing it of failing to treat leaked campaign emails as a national security issue, the Hill reports. On Friday, the campaign also slammed WikiLeaks, the Russian government, and Trump, who they accuse of encouraging the hackers.
  • Reuters reports that Trump rallies have become more emotional than ever, with the crowds "more protective of their hero." At the Greensboro rally, a man in a "Gays for Trump" shirt punched a protester who was holding an American flag upside down.
  • The Burlington Free Press speaks to ski maker Cyrus Schenck, who has introduced limited edition skis with Trump on the right and Clinton is on the left. The ornate design contains all the references to the "indiscretions, faults, and weaknesses of the candidates" that the artist could squeeze in.
  • The New York Times stopped by Tommy's Diner in Columbus, Ohio and found that voters in the swing state's capital are sick of this election and don't much care for either candidate. Many are considering not voting, which polls say is a statewide trend.
(There's an outside chance that a little-known candidate could become president with just six electoral votes.)

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