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Abbreviated pundit roundup: A campaign of conspiracies

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By Georgia Logothetis

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Do they have any "Make America Great Again" hats made out of tinfoil? They would fit right in with Donald Trump's campaign. We begin today's roundup with The New York Times and an editorial on Trump's claims of "voter fraud":

"Help me stop Crooked Hillary from rigging this election!" says the application form on his campaign website.

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There are so many lies and delusions flowing daily from the Trump campaign that it's easy to miss the times when the Republican nominee is being not just ludicrous, but dangerous. This is one. [...]

A more immediate concern is what happens on Nov. 8, when squads of Trump volunteers fan out to defend their candidate's presumed victory. It does not seem far-fetched to expect that signatures will be pointlessly challenged and citizens intimidated and inconvenienced, that the ruckus of the Trump campaign will spread to polling places around the country.

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Todd Purdum at Vanity Fair:

"However you try to slice it, and Trump has sliced it several ways, reputable experts across the political spectrum agree that it would be essentially impossible to deliberately or systemically alter the outcome of a national election. [...]

"With his ominous warnings that 'certain sections' of Pennsylvania -- where he is behind by high single digits, by the way -- would hand Clinton the election, Trump is also playing on Republican fears that urban black precincts are hotbeds of fraudulent voting. But a much bigger problem in such districts is understaffed polling places, with outmoded equipment, where voters are often discouraged from casting ballots because they are forced to wait in long lines. Trump's campaign has talked of recruiting 'observers' to monitor polling places, though such observers have often been used in the past to intimidate legitimate would-be voters."

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