Trump says election "rigged" as Giuliani explains Democrat vote fraud

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday repeated his claim that the US electoral system is rigged against him at the same time he vented his anger about the way he was portrayed on a US television comedy show.

"Media rigging election!" Trump said on Twitter after complaining about actor Alec Baldwin's portrayal of him on Saturday Night Live, saying it was a "hit job on me."

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who advises Trump, on Sunday told CNN that Democrats engage in voter fraud more frequently than Republicans.

Giuliani accused Democrats of refusing to update their voter registration lists, allowing people to cast votes for deceased voters.

Trump has repeatedly claimed that the US presidential election will be rigged and also has complained bitterly about the media's coverage of the election and scandals revolving around him.

At a campaign rally on Saturday amid reports of falling poll numbers, Trump claimed the election is "rigged" against him by "globalist elites," elements of the federal government and the press.

The highest-ranking elected Republican in Congress responded by saying he is "fully confident" in the nation’s elections system.

"Our democracy relies on confidence in election results, and the speaker is fully confident the states will carry out this election with integrity,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said in a statement.

The Clinton campaign also responded to Trump's claims about the election being rigged.

"Campaigns should be hard-fought and elections hard-won, but what is fundamental about the American electoral system is that it is free, fair and open to the people," Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said, according to news reports.

The Clinton campaign was dealing with its own headaches after Wikileaks released an eighth batch of hacked emails. The anti-government secrecy website said the batch includes three transcripts of speeches Clinton gave to the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs.

Clinton has refused to release transcripts of the speeches, which she delivered in closed meetings in 2013 and for which she earned hundreds of thousands of dollars. The transcripts show Clinton has made tougher comments about how to crack down on the financial sector and other issues on the campaign trail than in private, according to news reports.

Her comments on banking regulations in campaign speeches referred to the need to "crack down" on banks, and has said, "We can't ever let Wall Street wreck main street again," in reference to the financial crisis of 2008-09.

But in her speeches to bankers she appears to have said the people who know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry, implying they are best suited to regulate it.

The emails appear to be from the account of campaign chairman John Podesta. Wikileaks has released batches of emails for eight straight days. The Clinton campaign has not confirmed that the hacked emails are real, but also has not said they are fabricated.

Last update: Sun, 16/10/2016 - 21:29

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