Trump warns Republican convention of ‘rigged election’

Vastavam web: President Donald Trump warned Republicans who officially backed his bid for a second term on Monday that November’s election could be “rigged” despite offering no evidence, as the party began outlining its vision for the future on the first night of its national convention. The president repeated his assertion that voting by mail, a long-standing feature of American elections that is expected to be far more common during the coronavirus pandemic, will lead to widespread fraud. Independent election security experts say voter fraud is extraordinarily rare in the United States.

“The only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election,” Trump said. “We’re going to win.” The four-day convention got under way at a critical juncture for Trump, who trails Biden in national opinion polls during a pandemic that has killed more than 176,000 Americans, erased millions of jobs and eroded the president’s standing among voters. One of Trump’s closest advisers, Kellyanne Conway, said she would leave the White House to focus on her family. Then the New York attorney general disclosed in court papers she is investigating whether Trump and his family business committed fraud; both the president and the Trump Organization have denied wrongdoing.