Donald Trump threatened to undermine the entire US electoral process by claiming that “large scale voter fraud” was going on, raising fears of widespread unrest if he loses on Nov 8.
His allegations raised the prospect that Mr Trump could refuse to recognise the legitimacy of the result and decline to concede defeat to Hillary Clinton.
Mr Trump had previously said he believed the election was being “rigged” by a biased media in conjunction with the Clinton campaign.
In his latest accusations he said fraud was going on and Republican leaders were “so naive” to deny it. He said: “Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day.” …
After the first debate Mr Trump had said he would respect the election result.He first backtracked on that in an interview with The New York Times last month when he said: “We’re going to see what happens.”
His campaign said it would “certainly take action” if fraud was found. …
A poll by Politico and Morning Consult showed 41 per cent of voters believed the election could be “stolen” from Trump through massive voter fraud. More than seven in 10 Republicans believed the idea, and even 17 percent of Democrats did.