by Penka Arsova
Ronald Klain, who was tapped to serve as Joe Biden’s White House chief of staff, several years ago tweeted support for the idea that U.S. elections are “rigged.”
What he said: Klain was responding to a Vox article that stipulated incumbents enjoy a more advantageous position than their challengers. The article, published in 2014 pointed to markedly low turnover rate in many congressional elections, citing a Rasmussen poll from that year.
[…] “The problem here isn’t fraud. In elections, like in so much else, the scandal is what’s legal. Incumbents get a voice in gerrymandering — meaning that the politicians, in an inversion of the normal rules of democracy, get to choose their voters,” the article says. “So yes, the game is rigged in favor of the incumbents. But ultimately voters are the ones who have rigged it.”
Vox shared the article on Twitter, writing: “68% of Americans think elections are rigged.”