Donald Trump claims the election will be 'rigged' — and many are saying that's preposterous and dangerous

Why Trump Claims General Election Will be 'Rigged'

Amid a week filled with controversy, Donald Trump began to hint at his defense for a potential loss this fall.

The election is going to be rigged, he claimed on multiple occasions.

"And I'm telling you, November 8, we'd better be careful, because that election is going to be rigged," the New York billionaire told Fox News host Sean Hannity in one such example. "And I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it's going to be taken away from us."

Multiple Republicans told Business Insider Trump's assertion was both ludicrous and dangerous, as Trump would be the first presidential candidate in modern times, possibly ever, to blame an election loss on voter fraud or a rigged election.

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"Some type of very serious protest that could get out of hand," he said. "It would be very difficult to "rig" the election. We have 50 individual states that conduct elections."

He called it a "preview of coming attractions for Trump."

"He wants to shift blame for what is clearly a failing campaign and plant the seed now so he can harvest it when he needs it," he said. "I think psychologically, that's even more telling than anything else. He doesn't often predict that he's going to lose. Do I think he's going to harp on this? Probably not."

The founder and president of the Potomac Strategy Group repeated one word on a number of occassions to describe Trump's "rigged" accusations: Dangerous.

"And I don't even know if he realizes how dangerous it is," he said. "And, you know, we've got to have a peaceful transfer of power on November 8 no matter what the choice is. And this just raises the possibility that we won't. That's a really, really, really dangerous situation."

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