On CNN’s Reliable Sources this Sunday, host Brian Stelter called out Donald Trump and his supporters’ rumblings that the election is going to be “rigged,” saying that disseminating conspiracy theories in such a polarized political environment is dangerous threat to our democracy.
Stelter argued that reporters aren’t doing their jobs when it comes to fact-checking Trump’s accusations.
“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,” Stelter said. “If you say something often enough, if you plant enough seeds, people start to wonder, ‘Will my vote matter? Will it actually count?’”
Stelter then played a clip of Trump crying voter fraud and warning about crooked polls during a speech in Philadelphia on Monday – a speech that received little scrutiny on CNN.
“We as a country cannot allow ourselves to become numb to this,” Stelter pleaded, adding that there’s zero evidence to back up Trump’s claims. “We as a media cannot shrug it off as old news … Some of his supporters believe him.”
Trump has even suggested that his supporters “hang out” at polling places and keep an eye out for irregularities – a notion many see as threatening. Some of his supporters and surrogates have even called for an armed revolt in the even Hillary wins.
“Mr. Trump, think of your children,” Stelter concluded. “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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