Tuesday October 18th, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spent the last few days warning the upcoming election is being rigged, despite zero evidence this is the case

Undermining American democracy is atypical behavior for a presidential candidate, but Trump has a history of warning competitions are rigged, from the 2016 primaries to the Emmy Awards.

Sports are no exception. In 2014, Trump suggested a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana was fixed. But during the 2012 Olympics, Trump actually rejected the notion that the Olympics were rigged against China. 

In a tweet, he accused China of "cooking up conspiracy theories that the Olympics are rigged." 

Trump's tweet was in response to a Washington Post article describing how some Chinese state media outlets were pushing the idea of an anti–Chinese conspiracy at London 2012. The claims followed a series of incidents involving Chinese athletes, including the disqualification of two track cyclists and a badminton match–fixing scandal. 

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It's not the only China–related conspiracy to appear in Trump's Twitter feed. A few months after the 2012 Olympics, he claimed global warming was "created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." 

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