If you were writing the Trump campaign, how would you end it?
At this juncture, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead in the polls and the betting markets have her as a virtual shoo-in to become the 45th president of the United States. Barring some external event like a terror attack or some jarring new political development, she will almost certainly win this year’s presidential contest, but Donald J. Trump will not “lose.” Even if he does not contest the outcome, he will undoubtedly claim the election was “rigged.”
Mr. Trump previously claimed that Barack Obama was a secret Kenyan and not a natural-born citizen of the United States, denying the legitimacy of our first African-American president — a man elected by the highest popular vote total in American history. Trump has never flatly repudiated “birtherism”: As he told Chris Mathews in December, “I [just] don’t talk about it anymore.”
According to an NBC News/Survey Monkey poll in June, 72% of registered Republicans still harbor doubts that Barack Obama was born in the United States.
Mr. Trump also doesn’t talk about the 1993 death of White House attorney Vince Foster, which he once described as “very fishy.”
Many Trump supporters agree — half according to a PPP poll of Georgia voters backing the New York businessman.
PPP also found that 30% of Republican voters nationally supported the bombing of Agrabah, a country that doesn’t exist anywhere except in the imagination of the screenwriters who wrote the Disney movie Aladdin.
Intellectual flat-Earthers in the Republican Party think that JFK, Jr., DNC staffer Seth Richards, and scores of others were murdered by the Clintons. They think that Hillary is hiding physical and mental illness, that longtime aide Huma Abedin once edited a Muslim journal that blamed the US for 9/11, and that, if elected, Hillary Clinton will gut the Second Amendment and take away everybody’s guns.
People who believe these kind of things will have no difficulty believing that the 2016 presidential election was fixed.
Who knows where that will lead or how it will end.
An attorney-author, Michael Zimecki was selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in 2016. A graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law, he specializes in personal injury litigation. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, whose membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. Mr. Zimecki has achieved Thomson Reuters’ prestigious Lead Counsel rating in Personal Injury Law and also has been honored with Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible peer review rating.
His novel, Death Sentences, was published by Crime Wave Press.