Just when I thought I had gotten to the end of the most bizarre news day I'd seen in politics ever on Tuesday, it got weirder.
As news rolled out that Trump's campaign is having a major morale failure, Breitbart published an interview the horrible alt-right racist Milo Yiannoupolos did with Roger Stone, who is Trump's de facto campaign manager at this point.
Stone continued with his claim the election would be "rigged," and then it got much, much worse. Inciting violence now for November.
“I think we have widespread voter fraud, but the first thing that Trump needs to do is begin talking about it constantly,” Stone said. “He needs to say for example, today would be a perfect example: ‘I am leading in Florida. The polls all show it. If I lose Florida, we will know that there’s voter fraud. If there’s voter fraud, this election will be illegitimate, the election of the winner will be illegitimate, we will have a constitutional crisis, widespread civil disobedience, and the government will no longer be the government.’”
“If you can’t have an honest election, nothing else counts,” he continued. “I think he’s gotta put them on notice that their inauguration will be a rhetorical, and when I mean civil disobedience, not violence, but it will be a bloodbath. The government will be shut down if they attempt to steal this and swear Hillary in. No, we will not stand for it. We will not stand for it.”
Let's put this in perspective, shall we? In all the years Republicans have been whinging about voter fraud, they've failed to find any real evidence of it, unless it's Republicans committing such a crime. So voter fraud claims are BS.
This is a pre-emptive effort to delegitimize Hillary Clinton, because all signs point to a Trump rout in November. Republicans are jumping ship, endorsing Clinton. Trump is struggling to raise money while the Clinton campaign raised $90 million in July.
This kind of talk from Roger Stone may be predictable, but it's irresponsible, it's evil, and it's dangerous. Trump may well lose, but he will lose in a way that will leave no doubt that rigging was never, ever an issue.