Gov. Phil Bryant

Gov. Phil Bryant, mirroring comments made recently by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, said “the election is rigged” when talking to a Mississippi talk radio host Monday morning.

Bryant, a Trump surrogate who has stumped for the candidate in multiple states and raised millions of dollars for the candidate, shared his thoughts on the presidential election with Paul Gallo on Supertalk radio.

“The election is rigged,” Bryant said. “Any Republican has to have an overwhelming majority of the vote. And, of course, as it has been designed, as we look at the states where the more liberal voting population may be in cities in New York and California and some of the other areas, all you have to do is win those particularly large states.

“You can forget about flyover country. That doesn’t seem fair to me at all,” Bryant said.

Trump and his surrogates have pushed the “rigged election” narrative the past week, reviving the claim Trump initially made in August. When asked Tuesday about whether he believed the election would be stolen from him, Trump replied, “Ask Obama,” seemingly referring to a comment presidential candidate Barack Obama made in 2008 when asked himself about the potential of a rigged election.

“I tell you what helps in Ohio,” Obama said at the time, “we’ve got Democrats in charge of the machines.”

Obama added: “Whenever people are in power, you know, they have this tendency to try to tilt things in their direction. That’s why we’ve got to have, I believe, a voting rights division in the Justice Department that is non-partisan and that is serious about investigating cases of voter fraud, serious about making sure that people aren’t being discouraged to vote.”

Bryant’s relationship to Trump, by all accounts, is a close one. Republican political consultants in the state say Bryant has single-handedly raised close to $2 million for the Trump campaign.

Bryant has visited Trump’s New York office at least twice in the past three months, and the governor has campaigned for Trump numerous times in Mississippi and once in Louisiana. Trump has visited Mississippi twice since announcing his candidacy – once for a Madison rally and once for a Jackson rally and fundraiser.

Donald Trump Jr. spoke briefly at the Neshoba County Fair in July to thousands of Trump supporters.

On Thursday, the governor will join the Mississippi Federation of Republican Women at a “Women for Trump” rally at the Mississippi Capitol. Republican National Convention committeewoman Jeanne Luckey is scheduled to speak.


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13 replies on “Gov. Phil Bryant: Presidential election is rigged”

  1. He and Trump make a mockery out of our democracy. What has a republican done for the people? Nothing, absolutely nothing.

  2. The citizens of MS are still waiting for you to follow through on that self-crucification, Philbert.

    Phil Bryant blamed the Mississippi’s poor economy on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, oil prices, the media, secularism, the United States Census, and a “no big deal accounting error.” You might say the guv and his GOP counterparts rigged the state’s economic future.

    Of course he thinks elections are rigged. Add this idiocy to the other dumb things he’s said on state-sponsored StuporTalkFM, greatest hits like “passing Initiative 42 would force schools to teach transgender education.”

  3. our genius governor ladies and gentlemen, who apparently believes
    a. Republican election officials are rigging the election for a Democrat in many states; and
    b. the founders designed the Electoral College to screw over the GOP

    I’m so proud.

  4. Awwwww, the poor governor is upset that the inbred, toothless hillbillies of his state can’t have their political will validated because of the educated people living in other parts of Murrica. Awwwww.

  5. It’s not rigged, it’s just stacked against Republicans on the national level. Because, yes, some of the largest states lean Democratic. But his gripe is stupid. It’s like if I was playing LeBron James at basketball and said the game was rigged because he is taller, faster, stronger and more athletic than I. Ridiculous. Poor Mississippi…

  6. When the Justice Department stops states from enforcing voter ID laws, I’d say the system is rigged.
    When liberal judges have to step in to stop voter rolls from being purged of all the deceased voters, I’d say the system is rigged.
    When a large number of States in the nation have “early voting” when absentee voting is still available, I’d say the system is rigged.
    When people in Texas go vote for Republicans and Donald Trump’s name disappears from the ballot, I’d say the system is rigged.
    When James O’Keefe videos ACORN representatives registering people in multiple voting precincts, I’d say the system is rigged.

  7. It is difficult enough to run for a National office without the backing of the Power Machinery of Labor Unions, Media and MANY MANY BILLIONAIRES WHO HAVE MADE THEIR MONEY OFF THE BACKS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. And with the Clinton Foundation scoring MILLIONS AND BILLIONS of Pay To Play Dollars off the NATIONAL RESOURCES OF OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and to have a President Threatening people if they do not vote for his candidate of choice, I APPLAUD ANYONE BRAVE ENOUGH TO STEP INTO THE FRAY. Yes, the elections are rigged so that the majority of our population who by the way has the most to lose with no National Parks to relieve their Urbanite Stresses nor Farmers to feed them. They are so wrapped up in being Urbanites that suck the life blood out of hard working conservative farmers and laborers including doctors and healthcare workers who value each and every penny that they are allowed to earn working 12+ hour days. Yes, the elections are rigged to allow these Urbanites to have more political pull than hard working MIDDLE OF THE USA states that feed, cloth, shelter, and provide electrical power for them and the armed forces made up of the same young people from those states seeking ways to get out of the cycle of poverty they have surrounding them in the MIDDLE OF THE USA. Just like the Turn-Spit Dogs of the Middle Ages, the American Middle Class is being phased out. Who will be their replacements? Why the IMPORTED ISLAMISTS and the the illegal immigrants who are seeking the wealth of the Promised American Life that is being denied to its USA CITIZENS….Get Over IT. Trump 2016

  8. I live in Mississippi. Bryant is doing nothing here. It is typical, Deep South state. The state capital of Jackson is riddled with crime. A few months ago, two women, both visiting, were murdered. A couple of days ago, a man was beaten in broad daylight. Philbilly is more concerned with Trump than his own citizens. Mississippi NEVER stopped burning, y’all. We are still the laughing stock of America.

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