Trump Says He's 'Afraid the Election Is Going to Be Rigged'

Trump made the remarks in Ohio.

ByABC News
August 1, 2016, 4:57 PM

—COLUMBUS, OH -- Donald Trump is already laying the groundwork for a possible loss in November — suggesting to a town hall in Ohio that the general election will be tampered with.

"First of all, it [the primary season] was rigged, and I'm afraid the election is going to be rigged. I have to be honest. Because I think my side was rigged. If I didn't win by massive landslides — I mean, think of what we won in New York, Indiana, California 78 percent," he said. "That's with other people in the race, but think of it."

This isn't the first time Trump has made such a suggestion. Last week during a rally in Iowa, Trump appeared to make the same suggestion.

"Now we have one left, one left, one left," he said, referring to his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. "And in theory, in theory it should be the easiest, but it's a rigged system. It's a totally rigged system. The elections are rigged."

Trump has long asserted that the primary election process wasn't fair to him, vigorously condemning it as "rigged." He alleged that party officials didn't want him to become the nominee and that other candidates undermined the system.

While Trump has predicted victory in November, he also suggested that "lazy" voters could be blamed if he loses.

"Just in case we don't make it because you people get lazy and don't vote, OK? Colorado is very important," he said in Colorado Springs. "Very important."

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