Who's Rigging The Election?

Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump in nearly every poll following Trump's weeklong meltdown as at least nine women came forward to publicly accuse Trump of sexual harassment.

And like a bad card player, Trump is certain that the real reason he's losing is because everyone else is cheating.

"Instead of being held accountable, Hillary is running for president in what looks like to many people a totally rigged election. The election is being rigged by corrupt media, pushing completely false allegations and outright lies, in an effort to elect Hillary Clinton president."

On Saturday, Trump seemed to go even further off the rails as he baselessly accused Clinton of being "pumped up" on something during the second presidential debate and then demanded that both candidates submit to a drug test before the next debate.

"We should take a drug test prior to that. I don't know what's going on with her. But at the beginning of her last debate - she was all pumped up at the beginning, and at the end it was like, 'Oh, take me down.' She could barely reach her car."

On Sunday, Trump was apparently losing sleep over Alec Baldwin's impersonation of him from Saturday Night Live and tweeted at 4 in the morning that he "Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!".

But while Trump is fomenting his base with the idea that the media is stabbing them in the back - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Republican secretaries of state all across the country are actually tipping the election by fighting non-existent voter fraud.

Before the midterm elections in 2014 - a Loyola Law School professor wrote in the Washington Post how "A comprehensive investigation of voter impersonation finds 31 credible incidents out of one billion ballots cast".

Even though it's not a real problem, Investigative Reporter Greg Palast explained on this program how Republicans are using non-existent voter fraud as a reason to purge minority voters from the rolls:

"So he came up with this thing called Interstate Crosscheck to find people who are supposedly voting in two different states. In other words, for example, this is from the list, a Maria Isabel Hernandez who supposedly ... did vote in Virginia, also voted as Maria Christina Hernandez in Louisiana. Now, you may say Maria Hernandez is a common name, but not for a Republican."

Palast's investigation showed that this isn't a small scale effort either.

"It is Secretaries of State, those little Katherine Harris's that run the vote, the Republicans are using these lists to knock off thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of voters. For my Rolling Stone investigation we pretty carefully calculated that roughly one million voters will find their names disappeared from the voter rolls, especially black voters, Hispanic voters, and they just absolutely crush Asian voters because of their common names like Kim and Ho and Park."

Meanwhile, Patriot Majority USA is accusing Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, of using the Indiana state police to rig Indiana's election.

That group is citing an incident earlier this month when state police baselessly raided the Indiana Voter Registration Project offices.

Why aren't we hearing more about these very real efforts to suppress the vote and tip the election for the Republicans - and what needs to be done to stop the constant GOP efforts to suppress the vote?

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