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Donald Trump is asking his supporters to “save the vote” in cities governed by Democrats

Former US President Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, has asked his supporters to “protect the vote” in Democratic-led cities such as Philadelphia, Detroit and Atlanta during the 2024 presidential election. Trump did those remarks at a campaign event in Iowa, and reiterated his baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in 2020.

Trump stressed the importance of controlling voting in battleground states that could determine the outcome of the election. He specifically mentioned the largest cities in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia, where he urged his followers to be present.

These comments suggest a contested election is likely in November 2024. Despite numerous failed lawsuits challenging the results of the 2020 election, Trump continues to claim, without evidence, that he lost to President Joe Biden because of a fraud

It's not yet clear who Trump was specifically asking to “go into” those cities, but a campaign aide clarified that he was referring to poll watchers and volunteers tasked with ensuring a safe election.

Timothy Naftali, a senior researcher at Columbia University, expressed concern about Trump's rhetoric, saying it undermines confidence in American elections. He emphasized the need for Trump to be more explicit about promoting trust in the system rather than perpetuating mistrust.

With a significant lead in the Republican primary race, Trump is expected to secure the nomination and face Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in the 2024 election. Biden's re-election campaign has been actively criticizing Trump, highlighting the their legal and political problems which, according to them, would harm the economy, democracy and individual rights.

Trump currently faces four criminal trials, including a federal case related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election with the help of his supporters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

At a separate event in Iowa, Trump reiterated his plans to reform the Affordable Care Act, referring to it as a “disaster” without providing specifics.

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