Is everything rigged against President Trump?

Is everything rigged against President Trump?

#ItsAllRigged
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President Donald Trump has once again taken to his favorite medium, Twitter, to lodge a few grievances. This time, the president is targeting his displeasure at Google, which the president says is "RIGGED" against him. His evidence? He Googled himself and he didn't like what he saw. Some say this is yet another conspiracy theory from the president, while others say you never know, maybe a lot of stuff is rigged against the president. There are a lot of people who don't have a vested interest in seeing him succeed. Just think about it for a second. 

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#ItsAllRigged
44.8%
#NotRiggedAgainstTrump
55.2%

The president did some early morning Googling and was none too happy with the results.

Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of........results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!

There's no way all these negative stories are just reporting facts, right? No way!

Google responded to the president's accusations. Per Reuters:

“When users type queries into the Google Search bar, our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds,” Google, whose parent company is Alphabet, said in a statement. “Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology. Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users’ queries. We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.”

So maybe Google isn't rigged, but other stuff still might be!

President Trump was ready to announce his plans for a new trade deal with Mexico via a live, televised phone call with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto. He had gathered members of the White House press corps in the Oval Office where he awaited Nieto's phone call and then—nothing happened. Vice described the scene: 
After Trump announces that he, "the president," is on the phone without acknowledgement from the other line, he starts pressing buttons, seemingly at random. A longing, unanswered "Enrique?" is then followed by a change in his physical demeanor: You can almost start to see the steam simmering from Trump's ears, his palms sweaty with rage.
Trump then turns to spouting off a few phrases that are basically incomprehensible, like "you can hook him up" and "tell me when," in an attempt to solve the problem. But finally he just resorts to commanding an aide to "be helpful" and some guy in a suit spends about three seconds pressing some buttons before Nieto is on the horn.

Clearly, the speakerphone, which Vice notes has been around since the 1950s, was rigged. There's no way our president doesn't know which buttons to push to turn on his speakerphone!

It's not just technology that's rigged against the president. Songs are messing with him, too!  

Look, it's not even the "God Bless America"—the national anthem is rigged, too! There's no way the president would be so angry at NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem while not even knowing all the words. That would be truly absurd. RIGGED!

One thing the president is sure about is the election was rigged. In October 2016, the president took to Twitter to inform the public of RIGGING. Per Vox

“Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted and should be in jail,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “Instead she is running for president in what looks like a rigged election.” If there were any question that he might be using the term “rigged” metaphorically, he cleared it up: “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places — SAD.”

The president isn't all the way off here! At least not about the election being rigged. It just wasn't rigged for Hillary Clinton. Per Rolling Stone:

[I]t has become painfully clear that one of the central claims of the Trump campaign is undoubtedly true: The election was indeed rigged. But it wasn’t rigged in the direction Trump claimed – rather, it was rigged in Trump’s and his party’s favor. This happened in a number of ways ... but one huge one that was under-appreciated by many Americans before this week is the Electoral College system.
The facts are indisputable: Last Tuesday, there was an election for president. One candidate received more votes than the other. And that candidate lost.

Mother Jones notes that it wasn't just structural issues that rigged the election in Donald Trump's favor, strict voter identification laws across the country disenfranchised thousands of voters. 

Neil Albrecht, Milwaukee’s election director, believes that the voter ID law and other changes passed by the Republican Legislature contributed significantly to lower turnout. 
...“I would estimate that 25 to 35 percent of the 41,000 decrease in voters, or somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 voters, likely did not vote due to the photo ID requirement,” he said later. “It is very probable that between the photo ID law and the changes to voter registration, enough people were prevented from voting to have changed the outcome of the presidential election in Wisconsin.”
...According to a comprehensive study by MIT political scientist Charles Stewart, an estimated 16 million people—12 percent of all voters—encountered at least one problem voting in 2016. There were more than 1 million lost votes, Stewart estimates, because people ran into things like ID laws, long lines at the polls, and difficulty registering. Trump won the election by a total of 78,000 votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

With midterm elections fast approaching, many similar laws are still on the books, making voting incredibly difficult for some people, specifically black and Hispanic voters. RIGGED!

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