CNN liberal journalist Brian Stelter has found yet another way that he and his brethren think GOP nominee Donald Trump is ruining the United States, this time by insisting that Trump’s warning about massive Democrat vote fraud is somehow “dangerous” to American democracy.
Appearing on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, Stelter blasted the Republican nominee for what he says is one of the worst aspects of this campaign for president, Trump’s claim the election is “rigged.” It is a claim, Stelter said, “reporters” need to call him on.
Stelter played several clips of Trump delivering his line that the election is rigged against Republicans and went on to blast Trump and saying “Trump’s biggest lie is about the election itself.”
“He is alleging a massive conspiracy,” Stelter explained, “thereby creating a massive challenge for the news media. Trump has been planting seeds for over a year, warning supporters not to trust the government, the polls or the media, because it’s all rigged, he says.”
Unsurprisingly, Stelter next tried to hint that Trump is engaging in Nazi-like tactics to undermine America’s trust in government. “[O]ver time, the repetition, Trump’s lies about election rigging have become a form of background noise, more of the same, and this is a propaganda technique, whether Trump knows it or not,” he said. Then added, “If you say something often enough, if you plant enough seeds, people start to wonder, will my vote matter? Will it actually count?”
The CNN analyst then praised a few reporters who have questioned Trump or his supporters on vote fraud because as far as Stelter is concerned, there is no such thing as vote fraud in this country.
“When there’s voter fraud, when it rarely happens, it’s investigated,” Stelter said.”So, it’s a test for our system. But what’s happening is also a test for journalism. There is a lot the media can do to instill confidence in our election system.”
Stelter finished by scolding Trump directly: “Mr. Trump, think of your children. America is great partly because everyone accepts the results of elections, for decades in the past and hopefully for decades to come. Inventing a conspiracy theory is no way to make America great again.”
Stelter, though, is ignoring history. America has had rigged election problems many times in the past and the only way things changed was when enough people complained about it loudly enough that official action was taken.
STELTER: Let’s remember that sound bite. Will Hannity accept the results if Clinton prevails three weeks from now? Will he?
What is happening right now is a test. It’s a test for our voting system, run by the states, by the way, not the federal government. Our voting system is run by Republicans and Democrats, with thousands of volunteers and layers of oversight.
When there’s voter fraud, when it rarely happens, it’s investigated. So, it’s a test for our system. But what’s happening is also a test for journalism. There is a lot the media can do to instill confidence in our election system.
This might include phone banks or online tools on Election Day giving people easy ways to report possible fraud or voter intimidation. This should also include frequent reminders that voter fraud is rare and that it is investigated and prosecuted. I think, right now, in this dangerous moment, we have an obligation to
you, the audience, because, actually, Trump has peddled this stuff before. On the night President Obama was reelected, Trump threw a tantrum on Twitter.
And he said: “This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy.”
The next day, he tweeted four words that we have all come to know. Listen to this. He wrote, “We have to make America great again.”
Mr. Trump, think of your children. America is great partly because everyone accepts the results of elections, for decades in the past and hopefully for decades to come. Inventing a conspiracy theory is no way to make America great again.
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