President Barack Obama scoffed Thursday at Republican Donald Trump’s warnings earlier this week that the presidential election in November may be “rigged.”
“Of course the elections will not be rigged. What does that mean?” Obama said during a press conference at the Pentagon. “The federal government doesn’t run the election process, it is states, and cities, and communities all across the country. They are the ones who set up the voting systems and voting booths.”
More than once, Trump has expressed concerns about the sanctity of the election process. However, there’s been virtually no evidence of large-scale voter fraud in the United States in recent elections.
Trump’s comments followed court cases in Texas and North Carolina that invalidated parts or all of state voter ID laws that had been passed by Republican legislatures. Critics of the laws _ and federal courts _ said they discriminated against minorities and the poor.