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They Built That: How The GOP Paved The Way For Donald Trump's Election-Rigging Conspiracy Theory

Many Republican leaders seemed shock that a candidate like Donald Trump would rise to become the party’s nominee after a campaign of demonizing immigrants, innuendo about President Obama and scapegoating Muslims, despite the fact that many top GOP leaders have launched similar attacks for years.

Trump has also benefited from Republicans’ frequent insistence that Democrats use voter fraud to win elections. Republican lawmakers have brushed aside studies that show that voter fraud is extremely rare — just 31 out of over a billion votes cast over 14 years may have been instances of voter impersonation — and instead have pursued sweeping legislation that would disenfranchise thousands of voters, particularly people of color and young people.

The GOP presidential candidate has told supporters that November’s election results will likely be “rigged” as people go “ to vote 10 times maybe” and charged that “phony” polls underrepresent his level of support because they don’t reflect his the size of the crowds at his rallies.

Ari Berman points out that if “Trump wanted to vote 10 times in New York — a state that requires voters to sign their names at the polls rather than show a photo ID — he’d have to vote in 10 different places, know the names and addresses of nine different registered voters in nine precincts, be able to forge their exact signatures, and know that they hadn’t voted yet. Each fraudulent vote would carry a penalty of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine, plus additional state penalties.”

Nonetheless, Trump believes that if he loses in November, it will be because the election was stolen: “I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it’s going to be taken away from us.”

Earlier this year, Trump said that people around the country “are voting many, many times.” He once blamed President Obama’s re-election victory on votes from “dead people.”

Such baseless rhetoric has obviously resonated with Republicans:Around half of GOP voters believe that Obama stole both of his election victories, a result of years of conservative complaints about how Democrats win elections thanks to massive fraud.

One anti-voting-fraud group, True the Vote, developed a smart phone app in 2014 to help users expose instances of fraudulent voting and “pull the curtain back on the myth that there is no voter fraud.” But as Miranda noted, “users recorded only 18 incidents of election irregularities,” and the vast majority had nothing to do with voter impersonation. Many right-wing fears about widespread voter fraud have made their way from chain emails to WorldNetDaily to Fox News, even though there is little evidence behind them.

Besides voter impersonation, many Republicans claim that undocumented immigrants are illegally voting in elections. Then-Rep. Michele Bachmann claimed that Obama unlawfully granted the right to vote to millions of undocumented immigrants before the 2012 election, even though Obama’s executive order on deportations did not grant anyone the right to vote. Fox News pundits have also raised the specter of undocumented immigrants illegally voting, even though in states like Arizona, there have only been two cases of undocumented residents voting in about 10 years. Several conservative commentators have even alleged that the Obama administration tried to win votes by handing out free cellphones.

In fact, far more common than actual cases of voter fraud or instances of conservatives admitting that the voter fraud myth is all about creating an excuse to pass restrictive laws that will help them win elections. Just a few months ago, former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, now president of the influential Heritage Foundation, said that voter ID laws are “something we’re working on all over the country, because in the states where they do have voter ID laws you’ve seen, actually, elections begin to change towards more conservative candidates.” Shortly before that, Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman said that voter ID could make a difference in how his state votes in the upcoming election: “Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up and now we have voter ID and I think voter ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well.”

Donald Trump has never met a conspiracy theory that he doesn’t like. This one was handed to him on a silver platter by the party that is now trying to distance itself from his wildest claims.

Donald Trump Puts Together Another All-Male Advisory Team

Following his formation all-male teams of foreign affairs advisers and national security advisers, Donald Trump today unveiled an all-male team of economic policy advisers, a group which includes donors to his campaign.

Trump, who has been reeling from a controversy over his comments that women who face sexual harassment at work should simply quit and find a new job, was recently unable to think of a single woman he would name to his Cabinet besides his daughter Ivanka and the woman who asked him the question.

This seems to be a theme in his campaign.

The GOP presidential nominee was unable to articulate his stance on equal pay for equal work last year, simply saying that women are “gonna make the same” as men if they “do as good a job” and promising to “take care of women.” A former Trump organizer is suing Trump’s campaign for sex discrimination, alleging that “men doing the same jobs were paid more and were allowed to plan and speak at rallies, while her requests to do so were ignored.”

Trump regularly hurls thinly veiled sexist insults at rival Hillary Clinton, including one involving her getting “schlonged,” and has a long record of making degrading and disparaging comments about women.

At a rally last month, Trump was flummoxed as to why he hasn’t performed better with women voters, while still boasting that he is “doing well with the women”: “Fifty percent of our country is men, where I am doing very, very well, record-setting numbers, folks. That’s the good news. Let me give you the bad news. The women, I don’t know what is going on with the women here, but I think, I think I’m doing well with the women.”

A recent Marist poll found Trump trailing Clinton among women voters by 20 points.

Donald Trump: 'We've Got To Stop Being The Stupid Country Run By Very Stupid People'

At a rally yesterday in Daytona Beach, Florida, Donald Trump said that calls from politicians like Hillary Clinton to accept Syrian refugees in the U.S. prove that the country has become stupid: “We can’t take it. We can’t take it. We’ve got to stop being the stupid country run by very stupid people. We’ve got to stop. We’ve got to stop.”

Trump later recounted a story about a Democratic friend who is “seriously wrong about things” who decided to support him — “We’re gonna have a lot of switch. We’re gonna have a lot of people switching over” — because of the future of the Supreme Court.

He said conservatives “have no choice” but “to go for me” in order to prevent Clinton from nominating justices to the Supreme Court, saying that he plans to appoint justices in the mold of Antonin Scalia and hopefully pick “more justices than any president has ever picked in one term.”

“If Hillary puts her people on the Supreme Court, like, who knows, Elizabeth Warren may go, maybe —Pocahontas, Pocahontas, they’ll put Pocahontas. What an insult to Pocahontas, isn’t it? I apologize, ladies and gentlemen, to Pocahontas,” he said. “She will put people so far left that our country will become Venezuela. Big version. Venezuela. Believe me.”

He also went on his usual riff complaining that the cameramen covering his events only show his face, not the crowd — a policy established by his campaign.

Ann Coulter: Democrats Want To 'Make America Muslim'

During Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, Ann Coulter blasted him as an “angry Muslim with a thick accent” and attacked his wife Ghazala for having “stood submissively in a hijab by husband’s side.”

Coulter kept the attacks coming in a column yesterday, once again smearing Khizr for his “thick Pakistani accent” and Ghazala as “a mute, hijab-wearing wife,” while stating that the DNC attendees were clamoring to “Make America Muslim.”

She said the Khans are nothing but “human shields liberals send out to defend their heinous policies” and alluded to her past attacks on a group of 9/11 widows, whom she had called “people enjoying their husbands’ death.”

The conservative provocateur somehow linked Khan’s speech about his son’s death to the debate over the Confederate flag.

Khizr Khan, the Muslim “Gold Star Father” who harangued Americans at the Democratic National Convention, with a mute, hijab-wearing wife at his side, is just another in a long string of human shields liberals send out to defend their heinous policies. The “Jersey Girls” were the classic example, first described in that magnificent book “Godless: The Church of Liberalism.”

In order to shut down a debate they’re losing, Democrats find victims to make their arguments for them, pre-empting counter-argument by droning on about the suffering of their victim-spokesperson. Alternative opinions must be preceded by proof that the speaker has “sacrificed” more than someone who lost a child, a husband, or whatever.

Khan’s argument, delivered angrily and in a thick Pakistani accent at the DNC, is that “our” Constitution requires us to continue the nonstop importation of Muslims.

If the U.S. Constitution required us to admit more than 100,000 Muslims a year – as we do – we’d already be living in Pakistan, and Khan wouldn’t have had to move to get that nice feeling of home. So the “argument” part of Khan’s point is gibberish.

Luckily, Khan had Part Two: His son died in Iraq, whereas Donald Trump does not have a son who died in Iraq, so he can’t say anything.



In addition to the sudden appearance of honor killings, clitorectomies, hijabs and massive government frauds, Muslim immigrants have given us: The most devastating terrorist attack in world history, followed by terrorist attacks at Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Times Square, Vaughan Foods in Oklahoma, San Bernardino and an Orlando nightclub, among other places.

We’ve admitted 2 million Muslims just since 9/11 – that’s more than had been admitted before 9/11. If we don’t make it 3 million, we’re monsters? May we ask how many Muslims Khan’s mystery Constitution requires – or is that out of bounds unless we had a child who died in Iraq?

Apparently, sending out a victim to make their argument was the only option left for the “Make America Muslim!” crowd.



Muslim troops accounted for 0.2 percent of all U.S. troop deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Southerners accounted for 38 percent of those killed in Iraq and 47 percent in Afghanistan.

What has South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley “sacrificed” compared to the families of these men? How about Nikki put their flag back up?

The Confederate flag won’t lead to thousands of dead and maimed Americans, as Muslim immigration does. The only danger posed by the Confederate flag is that media elites will hold the South in even greater contempt than they already do, assuming that’s possible.

But as long as they brought it up, if only people who lost children in our wars may discuss public policy, then only they should vote, not only on how many more Muslim immigrants this country needs, but on all government policies. What has Chuck Todd sacrificed? Have any current members of the New York Times editorial board ever lost a son in war? (Fighting on the American side.)

The inevitable conclusion to the hysteria over Khan is that only those who have worn the uniform and heard shots fired in anger can vote in our elections. Hello, media? Hey – where’d everybody go?

Sandy Rios Wonders If The Khans Thought Their Son Died An Apostate

Continuing her smear campaign against Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Sandy Rios of the American Family Association told Alan Colmes yesterday that the Khans may have been disappointed that their son served in the U.S. Army, making him an apostate from Islam when he died.

Rios falsely claimed that Khizr Khan has called Sharia law superior to the U.S. Constitution, claiming that since he “adheres to Sharia,” he would then “absolutely” want to kill Americans. (She appears to be citing an article which, as the myth-busting group Snopes points out, “in no part suggested support for Sharia law or membership in the Muslim Brotherhood and appeared to be an academic piece, not an advocacy paper.”)

After citing the so-called Islamic State’s assertion that the Khans’ son was an “apostate,” Rios said that the Khans may agree with the terrorist group’s assertion: “I believe that they believe that anyone that adheres to Sharia believes their son is an apostate for serving in the American military.”

“He’s an apostate according to Islamic Sharia law,” she said.

Linda Harvey: America Will 'Bleed To Death' Under 'Jezebel' Hillary Clinton

In her WorldNetDaily column yesterday, Linda Harvey of Mission America warned that electing Hillary Clinton as president will be a stab at the heart of this once-great nation,” predicting that the country will “bleed to death on her watch” and people will be thrown in jail for expressing “Christian views on homosexual behavior.”

Other countries should also fear a Clinton presidency, Harvey said, as she would promote “the diabolical cause of normalizing homosexual conduct worldwide.”

“Fascism continued and extended under a modern-day Jezebel,” she said. “America can do far better than Hillary. Please, if you claim to love the Lord Jesus, do not help elect this corrupt woman.”

Everything in Hillary Clinton’s track record screams the opposite: arrogance, lawlessness, bald-faced deception, alliance with sexual depravity, injustice, greed, unaccountability, godlessness, treason.

The white suit worn during her DNC acceptance speech cannot hide the bloodstains in Hillary’s life. As with Lady Macbeth, those stains are increasingly difficult to wash off.

Hillary’s election as president will be a stab at the heart of this once-great nation. We may bleed to death on her watch, but she either won’t see or won’t care.



In Hillary’s upside-down ethical world, sodomy and gender rebellion are “human rights.” Our children will be further corrupted as Hillary twists the notion U.S. civil rights law into including male/male or female/female sexual behavior, and ramps up the Obama pressure on public schools to deceive children with deviant “LGBTQ” propaganda. Her Departments of Education and Justice are likely to continue the phony interpretation of Title IX allowing privacy-free, open sex bathrooms.

But this deviance-fest won’t end at the U.S border. Under Hillary’s tenure as secretary of state, a State Department fund was set up to finance the diabolical cause of normalizing homosexual conduct worldwide, even in nations with strong cultural or religious objections. Diplomatic pressure has been exerted, and U.S. aid has been withheld, depending on a nation’s accommodation of this goal. As president, she will accelerate this coercion, and as the DNC platform states, “We will continue to stand with LGBT people around the world, including fighting efforts by any nation to infringe on LGBT rights or ignore abuse.”

Let’s all remember that the liberal definition of “abuse” includes verbal objections – free speech – by private citizens about homosexual behavior. The left, now led by Hillary, is committed to silencing the opposition. Christians, who learn through Scripture that homosexuality is an abomination and no human needs to engage in this conduct, must recognize what’s unfolding here.

Even in America, people who express Christian views on homosexual behavior are now being jailed. Just ask Kim Davis.



So there you have it. Fascism continued and extended under a modern-day Jezebel. America can do far better than Hillary.

Please, if you claim to love the Lord Jesus, do not help elect this corrupt woman.

Frank Gaffney: Khizr Khan Wants To Promote Sharia Law

Unsurprisingly, Frank Gaffney is joining the right-wing smear campaign against Khizr Khan, alleging in an interview today with Breitbart News that Khan is “lying for the faith” and “absolutely” wants to install Sharia law in the U.S. Of course, there is no evidence of this other than a bogus blog post by a pair of extremist activists and a Breitbart article linking Khan to a law firm that has ties to Saudi Arabia … and also to Donald Trump.

Gaffney also played defense for Trump by claiming that the GOP presidential candidate is merely trying to prevent “jihadists” from entering the country.

However, Trump has advocated for a sweeping ban on all Muslims from entering the U.S., and even cited a discredited poll conducted by Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy to justify his blanket ban.

Pat Boone: 'God Has Lifted His Hand Of Protection From The United States Of America'

In a column yesterday, conservative activist and musician Pat Boone declared that “God has lifted His hand of protection from the United States of America,” claiming that the use of food stamps, the national debt and ISIS terrorism are all signs that “we’re pretty much on our own now.”

While Boone expressed dismay about both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, he said that there is a chance that Trump will “seek to do the will of God if elected.”

Instead of “Morning in America,” we have 20 trillion in unpayable debt, dollar bills worth about 0 cents in purchasing power, CIA reports of festering ISIS cells in all 50 states and 47 million citizens on food stamps.

Following a president and attorney general who refuse to enforce existing immigration laws, we have a candidate who intends to admit 80,000 Syrian refugees into this country, while both the FBI and CIA guarantee there will be many trained terrorists in that number.

How can our beloved country have deteriorated so drastically? I’ll tell you how.

God has lifted His hand of protection from the United States of America.

In effect, He’s saying, “You as a people have increasingly let me know you don’t need me, you don’t even want me, to guide and determine your affairs. So … have it your way. Try it on your own for a while, and see how it goes.”

We’re pretty much on our own now.



If God can use an ass for His purpose … He can use a Donald Trump, for example. Or, of course, a Hillary Clinton. The question: Which one, if either, will actually look to Him, seek His will and not “political correctness” in the crucial decisions that will determine our future?

How will we choose? How to decide? I quote from Mae West, “If I have to choose between two evils, I’ll go with the one I haven’t tried.”

One we’ve tried, and know perhaps too well. The other is unknown, but will he seek to do the will of God if elected?

This is what we do now: Ask God to make plain to us His choice. Is there yet another David to confront our Goliath?

Anti-LGBT Congressman Tim Huelskamp Loses Re-Election Bid

Last night, Kansas Republican Tim Huelskamp lost his race for re-election to a primary challenger who said that the three-term congressman’s tense relationship with House leadership was detrimental to the congressional district.

While LGBT issues did not play a major role in the campaign, Huelskamp’s hardline anti-LGBT stances made him a favorite of the Religious Right.

At a 2014 National Organization for Marriage rally, he told “real men” to “stand up” against same-sex marriage in order to protect “your woman” and warned that marriage equality would “destroy the institution of marriage and of [the] family.”

Huelskamp even appeared in an insane anti-gay documentary directed by activist Janet Porter and has repeatedly claimed that marriage equality is harmful to children and amounts to an attack on Jesus Christ.

The “radical homosexual agenda,” according to Huelskamp, is destroying the military and freedom in America.

As Think Progress reported back in 2012, Huelskamp has put his words into action:

The most anti-gay member of Congress has been freshman Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS). As the author of his state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages and civil unions, during his previous tenure as a state senator, his anti-gay fervor in Washington is not unexpected. In his first 18 months, he has authored an amendment to ban a directive that allows military chaplains to voluntarily solemnize same-sex unions, an amendment to “prohibit the use of funds to be used in contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act,” and a bill to ban the use of military facilities for any same-sex unions. He also co-sponsored three measures to criticize the Obama administration for not defending the Defense of Marriage Act, to direct the Speaker of the House to defend the law instead, and to delay implementation of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal.

Fortunately for the Religious Right, there are still many anti-LGBT lawmakers who will carry on Huelskamp’s work in Congress.

The InfoWars Candidate: How Donald Trump Is Broadcasting Conservative Misinformation

Hardly a week goes by without Donald Trump championing a new conspiracy theory, often qualifying his claims by saying that he is just asking a question or repeating what he heard or read from an unnamed source.

So it wasn’t too surprising to see Trump allege yesterday that the general election may be “rigged” and claim today that “there’s something phony” about polls which show him trailing Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s warning that the election will be stolen and that the polls are deliberately suppressing his level of public support came just days after his confidant Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones similarly claimed that Clinton plans to rob Trump of the election and that her allies in the media are skewing polls against him so people won’t notice it when the election gets stolen.

The typical path that a bizarre or dubious story takes to get from the cesspool of the far-right fringe media to the mouth of a GOP politician goes something like this: A fringe right-wing outlets like Jones’ InfoWars or WorldNetDaily will report a “fact” that will then get picked up by conservative talk radio hosts, who either use the story in its entirety or refine it a bit. The story then makes its way to Fox News and, from there, to leading GOP politicians and even presidential candidates.

But not for Trump.

Rather than wait for them to percolate up through the right-wing media, Trump takes conspiracy theories straight from the source, often picking up bizarre claims directly from outlets like InfoWarsWorldNetDailyFreedom Outpost, or even email chains and the National Enquirer:

And hes proud of it.

Trump has appeared alongside Alex Jones, hailing the unhinged radio conspiracy theorist’s “amazing” reputation.

He rejoiced at the news that WorldNetDaily — the site whose “reporting” he has cited to in his birther accusations against President Obama — named him its 2015 Man of the Year.

Trump has also made clear that he believes everything he reads in the National Enquirer because if what the grocery store tabloid publishes isn’t true, they can get sued.

He often boasts, while making one or another outrageous claim, that he has the best sources.

We can only wonder what will happen when Trump reads Infowars’ and WorldNetDaily’s coverage of such topics as false flag attacks or Obama’s “real” father.

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