When Donald Trump was asked during Monday night’s presidential debate if he would accept the results of the election should he lose, the final question of the debate, he mysteriously swerved into a discussion of a group of undocumented immigrants who, due to a clerical error, were recently made full American citizens.
“I want to make America great again. We are a nation that is seriously troubled. We’re losing our jobs, people are pouring into our country,” Trump began.
And then, a strange turn: “The other day, we were deporting 800 people, and perhaps they passed the wrong button — they pressed the wrong button — or perhaps, worse than that, it was corruption,” he said. “But these people we were going to deport for good reason ended up becoming citizens. Ended up becoming citizens. And it was 800, and now it turns out it might be 1800, and they don’t even know.”
Immediately prior to Trump’s answer, Hillary Clinton mentioned that “Donald is trying very hard to plant doubts about” the outcome of the election. He has repeatedly suggested at his rallies that Election Day results could be “rigged.”
And Trump’s not alone. As TPM reported, conservative websites have been sounding the conspiratorial alarm for months that the Obama administration, which has deported more immigrants than any other in history, is secretly streamlining the naturalization process to give Democrats a political edge.
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