ABC’s Cokie Roberts addresses Donald Trump’s claims of ‘rigged’ election

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Despite poll workers across the nation denying Donald Trump’s accusations, his campaign is still backing his claims of a rigged election.

Bob Mueller spoke with ABC’s Cokie Roberts about what she says is a false and dangerous line of attack.

Roberts, a long time NPR and ABC journalist and panelist on This Week With George Stephanopolous calls Trump’s claim of a rigged election inflammatory, untrue rhetoric that could lead to violent actions and civil unrest.

“The idea that the legitimacy of the election is being called into question is very, very serious, it could result in violence it could have all kinds of dire effects, but the most obvious effect it will have it that it will make it very, very difficult for the president to govern if a large segment of the American people thinks it’s an illegitimate presidency. It is very much alien to American tradition,” she said.

Roberts says the country has accepted the results of elections and has seen a peaceful transition of power since 1800, when for the first time one party threw out the other and it was peacefully accepted.