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Trump Guarantees His Base the 2020 Election Won’t Be Trustworthy and Says Results May Never Be Known

President Donald Trump on Saturday assured his base that they won’t be able to trust the election results, because they “will be a fraudulent mess” and said the actual winner may never be known.

It is hard to read that as anything but inoculation against his own losing, as the likelihood that Trump would question the veracity of a result with him winning is approximately zero squared.

Trump made the comments in a retweet of GOP spox Liz Harrington, who tweeted on Friday that Democrats insisting on mass mail-in voting “know it will be a disaster” and that they “know it will weaken confidence” in the results.

Weaken confidence? Now what else could weaken confidence in the electi..Oh wait I have a guess: how about the president stating that it will be a fraudulent mess? Could that weaken confidence, do you think?

But weakening confidence doesn’t come off as an oversight or side effect in the president’s tweet, as some on Twitter note.

The president also retweeted a thread from GOP communications director Michael Ahrens outlining in detail a mail-in voting “disaster” in New Jersey, and smacking CNN’s reporting on the topic.

“We are not fabricating these stories,” said Ahrens in the thread. He followed that up on Saturday morning noting that, after he highlighted the problem, CNN’s Michael Smerconish referring to the thread as “complaints” from people over what “they perceive” to be problems.

Ahrens effort at highlighting those problems and Harrington’s tweet decrying the undermining of confidence in the election are obviously undermined by the President’s tweet, as is often the case with messaging crafted by the GOP and mangled by Trump.

In any case it’s out there. If there was a chance the Trump base would believe the results of an election he doesn’t win, it’s hard to see that chance remaining.

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