What possible political calculus (really, “Electoral Calculus”) is inspiring Donald Trump to emphasize a theory unlikely to be true, about the possibilities of election frauds in the upcoming Presidential election? Let’s assume he’s, right: there will be election fraud. Saying so, and convincing his likely voters that it will be true discourages them from going to the polls in November. America already struggles with voter turnout, evidenced by the many “Get Out The Votes” campaigns. If he convinces his likely voters that their votes won’t count because of fraud, then he diminishes their inclinations to vote.
Again, assume He’s right. Is He doing anything to actually prevent voter fraud? How would he do that? A problem that big would take more than four months and one man to fix.
His best bet is to ignore the temptations to talk about voting fraud and power through the final days before the election. The fact there is a minuscule chance that such fraud will take place makes this an easy option.