The same day Trump is in Wisconsin for several campaign events, Roger Stone, a top trump ally, has gone where even Democrats have not gone in accusing Scott Walker and Reince Priebus of voter fraud in at least five elections including the 2012 recall election.
Today Roger Stone claimed that, “Nowhere in the country has this [voting machine manipulation] been more true than Wisconsin, where there are strong indications that Scott Walker and the Reince Priebus machine rigged as many as five elections including the defeat of a Walker recall election.”
Stone pointed to the widely respected Marquette university poll showing a 20-point shift away from his candidate as evidence that the election was being tampered with. According to Stone, “Shifts like that don’t happen over brief intervals of time, absent a nuclear explosion.”
According to Stone this does not make sense unless you view the poll results as an instant replay of the Walker’s previous election results as brought about by the “machine Priebus built.” Stone does not even consider the idea that the poll actually represented the views of the individuals being polled.
In recent days the Trump campaign has been advocating a theory first purposed by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones that the election is in imminent danger of being rigged.
On July 30th Alex Jones published an emergency message to Donald Trump on his YouTube channel asking that he make voter fraud a central issue in his election. The next day Trump began to push the theory that the November 8 elections were going to be rigged suggesting that people would be able to walk in and vote ten times. This claim was rated “Pants on Fire” by Politifact, a rating that has not deterred Trump allies from continuing to push this theory.
Based on Trump’s frequent visits to Wisconsin it is clear that he considers it to be in play in the November election. In order to win the state however he is going to have to do better than refusing to endorse Paul Ryan, attacking Scott Walker for not raising taxes, and pushing theories that the conservative reforms of the past several years only came about as a result of voter fraud.