Donald Trump spoke in Columbus OH today and laid out his criticisms of trade policies and economics reaching all the way back to the Bill Clinton administration for causing factories in Ohio and nearby states to shut down and throw thousands out of work. He called on his listeners to vote this November and promised that he will soon return.
Trump also told his supporters today that he is afraid that the election process may be rigged: a statement that might be taken to mean that he will not accept the results of the coming election should Hillary Clinton win. While commenting on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who lost to Clinton in the primaries but has since endorsed her, Trump said that Sanders’ loss was inevitable. “First of all, it was rigged,” Trump said of the Democratic primary. “And I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest.”
Adding veracity to his claims, WikiLeaks recently released internal emails from the Democratic National Committee that suggested its personnel (such as party chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz) favored Clinton. Government investigators are seeking to determine whether the hackers might have been Russian government operatives.
The Ohio town hall was his first since the exchange between Trump and a Pakistani-American lawyer, Khizr Khan, began last week. Khan accused Trump of seeking to implement unconstitutional policies directed at Muslims and border security. Trump did not mention the dispute.