At campaign stops in Iowa over the weekend, former president Donald Trump continued to make false claims about “totally rigged” elections in America. Speaking in Ankeny and Cedar Rapids on Dec. 2, the 2024 Republican frontrunner suggested that God could help set the record straight.
After disparaging how California runs its elections, Trump said, “I think if you had a real election and Jesus came down and God came down and said, ‘I’m going to be the scorekeeper here,’ I think we would win there. I think we’d win in Illinois, and I think we’d win in New York.” All three of those states are traditionally blue, voting Democratic.
The former president, 77, added, “When we go through courts…we want to redo the [2020 presidential] election—only from the standpoint we want that election, we want to look at it very carefully. We have so much information. There was so much corruption in that election.” Following the 2020 presidential election, more than 60 court cases across the nation discredited Trump’s claims, finding that there was no substantial fraud at the polls as the former president has repeatedly claimed to his supporters.
Donald Trump: Democrats Have ‘Rigged Elections’ for Years
Speaking to supporters, Donald Trump described how he “ran the whole East coast of the country” in the 2016 election, saying those victories “made up for California.”
“Which, I actually believe that if they didn’t have rigged elections out there,” he added, “if they didn’t have all the paper [ballots]—you know, they send out like 36 million ballots and nobody knows where the hell they’re going to or coming from. I think a few people know where they’re going to and a few people know where they’re coming from.”
However, Trump’s own administration disagreed with his claims immediately following the 2020 election. A joint statement from the Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committees of the U.S. government stated, “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.”
Republicans could have been winning traditionally Democratic states “for years” if the elections weren’t “rigged,” the former president claimed. Americans need to “do something about it,” Trump added, encouraging his supporters to travel to big cities and “watch those votes when they come in, when they’re being…shoved around in wheelbarrows and dumped on the floor.” About U.S. elections, Trump said, “We’re like a third-world nation…and we can’t let it happen.”
Donald Trump Promises ‘The Greatest Comeback for a Country’
Trump criticized his successor, Joe Biden, for “waging an all-out war on American democracy,” saying the Democrat’s administration is “becoming more and more extreme and repressive.” Trump promised, “If you put me back in the White House, that reign will be over, and America will be a free nation once again.”
Trump pointed to the “hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants” flooding into New York City, saying people are “so angry” and “even Democratic politicians now are going after Biden.”