White House rejects Trump remarks about 'rigged' election

White House rejects Trump remarks about 'rigged' election
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The White House on Monday redoubled its effort to undercut Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE’s claim that the presidential election could be “rigged” against him. 

“Not at all,” spokesman Josh Earnest said when asked whether the Obama administration is concerned the contest could be unfairly tilted against the Republican nominee. 


Earnest noted that Trump’s own running mate, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters FEC chair calls on Trump to provide evidence of NH voter fraud Five years after Yazidi genocide, US warns ISIS is rebounding MORE, and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanEmbattled Juul seeks allies in Washington Ex-Parkland students criticize Kellyanne Conway Latina leaders: 'It's a women's world more than anything' MORE (R-Wis.) have both rejected the notion that the election process could be rigged. 

Regardless, the spokesman sought to offer assurances that all of the November elections would be conducted in a free and fair manner. 

He said that Republican governors in “battleground states” would have no interest in rigging the elections against their own party’s nominee. Earnest referred to traditional swing states such as Ohio, Florida, North Carolina as well as reliably red states that Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Republicans plot comeback in New Jersey MORE is competing for, such as Georgia, Arizona and Pence’s home state of Indiana.

“The president is very confident in election officials in both parties in states all across the country” to make sure the elections are "conducted freely and fairly,” the spokesman said.

The White House has previously rejected Trump’s claim the presidential election could be rigged. 

But the embattled Republican nominee has been more frequently speaking of a "rigged" process, something that critics say could undermine the integrity of America’s democratic system and history of peaceful political transitions. 

“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary - but also at many polling places - SAD” Trump tweeted on Sunday.