Warren: GOP to Blame for Trump’s ‘Rigged’ Election Rhetoric
Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed the GOP for enabling Donald Trump and his “rigged” election rhetoric.
“Trump’s argument didn’t spring from nowhere. It’s just one more symptom of a long-running effort by Republicans to delegitimize Democratic voters, appointees and leaders,” Warren wrote Tuesday in Washington Post op-ed.
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The Massachusetts Democrat added that “for years, this disease has infected our politics. It cannot be cured until Republican leaders rethink their approach to modern politics.”
Warren’s comments come as Trump doubles down on his warning of widespread voter fraud ahead of the Nov. 8 election, which he argues will be rigged.
As most national polls show Hillary Clinton leading in the homestretch, the GOP nominee said Tuesday that “I don’t believe the polls anymore.”
But Warren said the reason behind Trump’s rhetoric is because “it looks like he’s going to lose.”
“Anyone with children knows that whining about imaginary cheating is the last refuge of the sore loser,” she said. “For years, Republican leaders have pushed the lie that voter fraud is a huge issue.”
Warren argued that GOP claims voter fraud “interestingly” only happens in areas that favor Democrats.
“The purpose of this manufactured hysteria is obvious: to delegitimize Democratic voters and justify Republican efforts to suppress their votes,” she wrote.
Trump’s rhetoric has earned pushback from some of his supporters in Congress who warn he is going too far as well two Senate GOP incumbents in key races.
Warren has increasingly lashed out at Trump and congressional Republicans throughout the election, using social media and her status as a liberal favorite to emerge as a chief critic of the presidential nominee and the party.
She added on Tuesday that Republicans shouldn’t be shocked that Trump would follow “two-bit tyrants” like Russian President Vladimir Putin or threaten to jail Clinton after lawmakers spent years investigating the former secretary of State.
“Trump’s words and deeds are merely the latest — and loudest — examples in a long line of Republican tactics that are poisoning our political system,” she said in the op-ed.
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