On Newsmax, Donald Trump Says California Recall Is ‘Probably Rigged’

By Mark Joyella, Contributor
California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a rally against the upcoming gubernatorial recall election, September 4, 2021 at Culver City High School in Culver City, California. - The recall election, which will be held on September 14, 2021, asks voters to respond two questions: whether Newsom, a Democratic, should be recalled from the office of governor, and who should succeed Newsom if he is recalled. Forty-six candidates, including nine Democrats and 24 Republicans, are looking to take Newsom's place as the governmental leader of California. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images

In an interview Tuesday evening on right-wing cable news network Newsmax, former President Donald Trump said without any evidence that the California recall election targeting Governor Gavin Newsom is “probably rigged.”

In a live phone-in interview on Newsmax’s Rob Schmitt Tonight, Trump told Rob Schmitt that “the ballots are mail-out, mail-in ballots...I guess you can have a case where you can make your own ballot. When that happens, nobody’s going to win except these Democrats...the one thing they’re good at is rigging elections, so I predict it’s a rigged election, let’s see how it turns out.”

IRVINE, CA - JULY 31: Pro-recall supporters listen to Carl DeMaio of Reform California as they attend a rally at an Irvine hotel on Saturday, July 31, 2021, for the upcoming California Gubernatorial Recall Election against Governor Gavin Newsom to be held on September 14, 2021. (Photo by Mark Rightmire/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images) MediaNews Group via Getty Images

Trump’s remarks come as a series of recent polls by SurveyUSA, the Public Policy Institute of California, and Republican polling firm Trafalgar Group all show Newsom leading.

The suggestion that Newsom would prevail in the recall—but only because of election fraud—was also repeated Tuesday on Fox News Channel, first by Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren, who said on Outnumbered that “the only thing that will save” Newsom will be election fraud.

“Yes, Gavin Newsom has raised a whole lot of money from teachers’ unions and special interests and tech, but that money is not going to save him,” Lahren said. “The only thing that will save Gavin Newsom is voter fraud. So as they say, stay woke, pay attention to the voter fraud going on in California, because it’s going to have big consequences for that state but for upcoming elections.”

Norwalk, CA - July 13:Larry Elder visits with supporters after entering the race for California governor in the recall election at the Norwalk Registrar of Voters on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images) MediaNews Group via Getty Images

In another example of unsubstantiated predictions of voter fraud in California, Republican Larry Elder—one of the candidates running to replace Newsom in the event he is recalled—appeared on Fox News Channel’s Fox News Primetime on Monday evening. Host Rachel Campos-Duffy said “a lot of people think you have the wind at your back, but you seem to be concerned about some shenanigans that could be happening at the ballot box—or maybe in the mail.”

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