"The Election is Rigged": Did Trump undermine democracy?

Posted by: cyber_onions

In the lead up to the recent US presidential election, presidential candidate (now president elect) Donald Trump claimed that the election would be rigged. Does this claim, coming from a presidential candidate, undermine democracy?

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cyber_onions says2016-12-17T06:20:56.4239393Z
Just to contextualise my interest in this: I’m not American, do not live in America, but still watched/read a fair amount of the news coverage. After Trump claimed that the election was rigged, there were people arguing that this ‘undermined democracy’. I get the impression that the idea of democracy is more important to people in the US than where I live (at least, the word seems to be thrown about a lot more) and I was curious as to whether people in the US really did think that their president-elect could undermine democracy.
cyber_onions says2016-12-17T06:25:31.2665011Z
I think the comment that sparked my interest was from John Oliver: “OK. Telling your supporters the election is being rigged is legitimately dangerous because faith in fair elections and in peaceful transfer of power are essential foundations for a democracy, and undermining them is like asking why one of those giant eagles didn’t just fly Frodo all the way to Mordor in The Lord of the Rings: If enough people start thinking that way, the whole thing kind of falls apart." Though given that both US major parties have argued that the election was rigged, this would apply to both (or neither). US politics just seems really intense
AlexaGeek says2016-12-18T06:26:12.6280963Z
I don't think the suggestion of a rigged election alone undermines democracy. That's a valid complaint, and it should be investigated to verify the results. Every system can be corrupted, so I feel like making absolute certain the system is working the way it should improves democracy. Trump did kind of undermine democracy, or at least our system of democracy, by saying he wouldn't concede if Hillary won. A lot of anti-trump people have also kind of undermined our system with the #NotOurPresident stuff, though I kind of understand where they were coming from. It's a little frustrating hearing people desperately claw for some explanation along the lines of "it's rigged" to explain why their side lost, though.

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