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Trump's Claims About Rigged Elections "Dangerously Inflammatory"

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In the weeks leading up to the elections, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has been spouting claims that the U.S. election system is rigged.

Drake University’s Dennis Goldford, professor and chair of the political science department and Flansburg Fellow for the Harkin Institute, says Trump's rhetoric is not only wrong, but it’s also “dangerously inflammatory.”  

“You know, there are a lot of things about this election that I find repulsive, but this is one thing that makes me angry,” Goldford says. “We have someone who makes insinuations and allegations without a shred of evidence. There isn’t even a shred of evidence that there is any widespread systematic election rigging.”

During this hour of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Goldford and Chris Larimer, an associate professor at the University of Northern Iowa.

Larimer says that the way Trump is shaking the American electorate’s confidence is a problem.

“If he shakes people’s confidence in the election, they either aren’t going to show up, or they are going to show up and vote and feel like their voice didn’t matter.”

They also discuss the battle for control of the Iowa Senate, which has a one seat majority in the Iowa Legislature, as well as a preview of tonight’s presidential debate. 

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer