The most loyal Donald Trump surrogate of all, Rudy Giuliani, popped onto CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. One of the standout segments involved Trump’s accelerating claim that the election will be “rigged” against him, which he has tweeted all weekend long. Giuliani steered the conversation even further than Trump’s mentions of a media conspiracy, but his method was circular. Giuliani first claimed that Trump isn’t talking about a rigging at the polls, but he then asserted that a manual rigging will take place in swing states. He spoke of busloads of repeatedly voting people, and he pulled out the big guns: “I’m sorry, dead people generally vote for Democrats.”
Tapper didn’t buy it: “So, [Trump’s] not talking about elections being stolen except in some cases where he is talking about it?” The famous Giuliani sputter then occurred: “You want me to (say) that I think the election in Philadelphia and Chicago is going to be fair? I would have to be a moron to say that.” Tapper argued otherwise and brought up Philadelphia officials’ examinations of records in 2012. He also pointed out that perhaps voters truly favored Barack Obama in Philly just like voters favored Mitt Romney in Utah. But Giuliani continued to discuss dead people voting.
Tapper tried to push Giuliani to a conclusion: “It sounds as though you are saying that Trump is serious when he says that the election will be rigged.” Giuliani exclaimed, “Noooo!” But Tapper gently reminded him that he “just laid out a whole case.”
Dead people aside, here are Trump’s most recent tweets about “rigging.” He first zeroes in on what he says are “false and unsubstantiated charges,” but by the end, Trump’s in sync with Giuliani’s assertion that rigging will happen at polling places. Trump hasn’t yet asserted that the dead will rise up, but it could be coming.