Democrats file lawsuit against Republican party over Trump's "rigged election" remarks

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Donald Trump's claims the election is rigged may have gotten the Republican party in trouble.  The Democratic National Committee is asking a federal court to ...


• RNC didn't rebuke its presidential nominee for vote fraud remarks: Lawsuit

• AP-GFK poll shows Hillary Clinton leading by 14 points

• According to IBD/TIPP poll, Trump trailing by just 0.6 points against Clinton

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Donald Trump's claims the election is rigged may have gotten the Republican party in trouble. 

The Democratic National Committee is asking a federal court to hold the Republican National Committee in contempt of court for allegedly violating a 1982 consent decree intended to prevent voter intimidation, limiting so-called "ballot security" activities at poll places.

The legal move by the DNC comes in response to the Republican candidate's calls for vigilante ‘poll watchers’ to come out in force nationwide on Election Day.

The suit, filed on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey, says that the RNC has not sufficiently reprimanded its presidential nominee for his repeated claims of voter fraud and the elections being rigged.

"Trump has falsely and repeatedly told his supporters that the November 8 election will be 'rigged' based upon fabricated claims of voter fraud in 'certain areas' or 'certain sections' of key states," Democratic attorneys, including Hillary Clinton campaign counsel Marc Elias, wrote. "Unsurprisingly, those 'certain areas' are exclusively communities in which large minority voting populations reside."

Trump’s call for his supporters to go to polling places that aren’t their own to watch voters is a clear violation of the consent decree, the Democrat lawsuit stated.

"People should not be afraid to go to the polls and vote. No matter who you are voting for, Democrats have your back. The Republican party has been trying to suppress the vote and intimidate voters for years," the party stated in its legal challenge.

"Democrats are on to their tricks, and as the lawsuit demonstrates, Trump and the GOP are not going to get away with intimidating voters," it added.

With less than two weeks to go for the elections on November 8, Hillary Clinton is ahead of Trump, according to a majority of the polls. 

Most recent polls show Clinton with a lead ranging from 2 points to 12 points. 

An AP-GFK poll shows Clinton leading by an astonishing 14 points in a four-way race. 

According to this poll, Clinton has support of 90 percent of likely Democratic voters, as well as support from 15 percent of moderate Republicans. Of the Republicans surveyed, 79 percent said they would vote for Trump.

However, there is one poll according to which Trump is leading in Florida. 

Bloomberg's new survey, conducted by Selzer & Co., gives Trump a two-point advantage over Hillary Clinton in the key swing state.

Also, the IBD/TIPP poll, which is said to have made the most accurate prediction in the 2012 elections, said that Trump (41.2 percent) is trailing by just 0.6 points against Clinton (41.8 percent).

Trump, meanwhile, took a break from his campaign trail for the grand opening of the Washington, D.C. hotel - The Trump International Hotel. The hotel has been open for over a month, but Wednesday was the ribbon-cutting ceremony, during which Trump said his theme today boiled down to “Under budget and ahead of schedule.” 

“That’s what we do.” He added that the renovation of the hotel was “what I want to do for our country.”

And on Wednesday, to a majority white crowd, the Republican candidate laid out three foundational principles that would guide his deal with African-American voters: safe communities, great education and higher paying jobs. He did not address gun control or his commitment to the Second Amendment, also avoiding the ongoing tension between the black community and law enforcement.

Further, while more Republicans are choosing to unendorse Trump, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) tweeted, "I will not defend or endorse @realDonaldTrump, but I am voting for him. HRC is that bad. HRC is bad for the U.S.A.” 

Less than three weeks earlier, Chaffetz had said he wouldn't vote for Trump after the Access Hollywood tape with Trump's derogatory remarks on women surfaced.

Clinton, meanwhile will hold her election night event at a glass convention center in Manhattan - the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. 

In the 1970s, Trump unsuccessfully pushed to get the Javits Center named after his father Fred by using some of his famous “truthful hyperbole” with city officials.

 

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