Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Monday cast doubt on the legitimacy of the November general election, expanding on his long-running theme that the political process is stacked against him.
“I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest,” Mr. Trump told a rally in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Trump spent months during the Republican primary contest arguing that the complex system of accruing delegates was “rigged” against him, despite his series of victories in primaries and caucuses.
But Monday’s remarks mark the first time Mr. Trump has suggested the general election is stacked against him. After a post-convention bump for him, recent polls have shown his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton climbing back into the lead after her own convention.
Mr. Trump’s remarks follow his weekend calls to change the dates of the three general-election debates because two of them are scheduled at the same time as pro-football games. Mr. Trump said in a Saturday interview with ABC News that he’d received “a letter” from the National Football League taking issue with the debate timing. An NFL spokesman said the league sent no such letter.