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Independent journalist: US 2020 election 'rigged in favor of Trump'

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House in Washington, DC on September 30, 2020. / AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS

The US 2020 presidential election is rigged as US president Donald Trump acknowledges but it will end up "in his favor," says a political commentator.

"Well, in a sense, the president is correct that the election will be rigged but I think by my estimations it will most likely be rigged in his favor, at least when it comes to the issue of voter fraud," said independent journalist Max Parry in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

The American nation witnessed earlier in the day the first of the three presidential debates between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio.

"Who's to say that the GOP has discovered discontinued such practices. We know that they've done this numerous times not just the 2016 election but the 2000 election where tens of thousands of black Americans were disenfranchised in the swing state of Florida," said the Brooklyn-based journalist.

Parry further explained how with help from Cambridge Analytica in 2016 the Trump campaign "engineered the election targeting groups that tend to vote democratic and dissuaded, especially black voters."

"We knew that they had provided services for his campaign, using the harvested data of 10s of millions of Facebook users and they constructed these what they call a psycho-graphs of voters, and we knew that they used Facebook's advertising to target people with political ads," he said. "They specifically targeted people based on race and ethnicity in an effort to dissuade them from voting and they did this in key swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin where the margin of victory was very small by, we're talking, a few thousand votes, and also where the average turnout of minority groups who tend to vote democratic."

Parry further suggested that the US president's claims about mail-in ballots are part of the Republican Party's tactics in the 2020 campaign.
"Trump is gaslighting with false claims. And the whole issue of mail and fraud is just another smokescreen for the Republican Party's increasingly refined methods of disenfranchisement."

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