Donald Trump has been complaining for weeks now that the presidential election is “rigged” and that there is “large scale voter fraud” happening across the country. But ironically, it was one of the Republican presidential nominees own supporters who was arrested for voter fraud recently.
Terri Lynn Rote, a registered Republican, was arrested Thursday in Polk County, Iowa, on first-degree election misconduct charge after attempting to vote twice in the general election, according to Polk County Jail records.
The charges are a Class D felony in the swing-state, where early voting began Sept. 29.
A police report obtained by The Des Moines Register says Rote allegedly cast an early voting ballot at the Polk County Election Office — and then another ballot at a county satellite voting location away in Des Moines.
“I wasn’t planning on doing it twice, it was spur of the moment,” she explained.
“The polls are rigged,” she added — parroting Trump’s own jargon.
She told The Washington Post she’s been a supporter of Trump since early in his campaign — and didn’t know what came over her when decided to vote twice.
Rote was released Friday on a $5,000 bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 7, the Register reports.
Two other suspects have been reported of casting mail-in ballots and also voting in person, the Register reports. Their political affiliations have not been identified. As of Friday morning, neither of those suspects have been arrested.
As news of Rote’s case broke, Trump urged his supporters to vote on Nov. 8 — letting them know their ballots will be counted but speculating that some corruption might still exist on the side of the ballot collectors.
“I have real problems with ballots being sent [in early],” Trump said at his rally at Golden, Colorado, on Saturday — hinting that ballot collectors might be throwing ballots away. “We have a lot of people watching the people that collect the ballots … Whatever the hell you have to do, do it.”
RELATED VIDEO: Stunner! Donald Trump Refuses to Pledge He’ll Accept Nov. 8 Verdict, Says ‘I’ll Keep You in Suspense’
And though he has spent much of these final days of his campaign talking about possible fraud as public opinion surveys predicted his defeat — even threatening not to accept the results of the election if he loses — Trump did dial it back a bit on Friday when the FBI director threw a monkey wrench at the Clinton campaign by announcing the Bureau was doing “additional work” on its investigation into Clinton’s private email server.
Said Trump on Friday night: “The system is rigged… But with what I’ve just announced previously, it might not be as rigged as I thought.”