In fact, he’s so sure that he asserting a loss will be the result of “cheating” from the other side.
“The only way we can lose in my opinion — I really mean this, Pennsylvania — is if cheating goes on,” Trump told supporters at an event in Altoona Friday. “I really believe it.”
“We have to call up law enforcement, and we have to have the sheriffs and the police chiefs and everybody watching,” he continued. “Because if we get cheated out of this election, if we get cheated out of a win in Pennsylvania, which is such a vital state, especially when I know what’s happening here, folks. I know. She can’t beat what’s happening here.”
“The only way they can beat it in my opinion — and I mean this 100 percent — if in certain sections of the state, they cheat, okay? So I hope you people can sort of — not just vote on the 8th — go around and look and watch other polling places and make sure that it’s 100 percent fine.”
CBS News is also reporting that the Trump campaign has a new feature on its website that allows volunteers to sign up as a “Trump Election Observer”. The page is captioned “Help Me Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election!”
Trump’s claim that “certain sections of the state” commit voter fraud seems to be a shot at Philadelphia, where Republicans (and some others) believe Democrats use underhanded tactics to pad the vote totals.
After the 2008 presidential election, the presence of two members of the New Black Panther Party outside of a polling place in Philly raised alarms throughout conservative media. The Justice Department, however, investigated the incident and dropped their inquiry while George W. Bush was still President.
1. I'm an inspector of elections for a Philly voting division. Independent but was a Republican as recently as June. https://t.co/pd82mOkEKh
— Ryan Godfrey (@rgodfrey) August 7, 2016