2016: The Year that Americans Found out Our Elections Are Rigged

Written by on April 14, 2016 in Government, Politics with 86 Comments

Rigged Elections

By Nick Bernabe | The Anti Media

“Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. senators and congress members.” – Former President Jimmy Carter

(ANTIMEDIA) Denver, CO — The 2016 election has been a wild ride, with two insurgent grassroots campaigns literally giving the political establishment a run for its money. But as the events of this presidential primary season play out, it’s becoming clear the U.S. election — and even more so, the presidential race — is a big scam being perpetrated on the American people.

Related Article: President Jimmy Carter Says Our Democracy Is Rigged (Video)

Events from the last week have exposed the system as an illusion of choice and a farce. They have reinforced at least one study showing the U.S. is an oligarchy rather than a democratic republic.

The Wyoming democratic caucus took place on Saturday, purportedly to allow voters to have their voices heard in the race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Sanders lost the Wyoming caucus by winning it with a 12 percent margin.

Wait, what?

How does one lose by winning 56 percent of the votes? This happens when the political process is, according to the New York Post, “rigged” by superdelegates. The Post summed up this “strange” phenomenon:

“[U]nder the Democratic Party’s oddball delegate system, Sanders’ winning streak — he has won seven out of the past eight contests — counts for little.

“In fact, despite his win, he splits Wyoming’s 14 pledged delegates 7 to 7 under the caucus calculus.

“Clinton, meanwhile, also gets the state’s four superdelegates — who had already pledged their allegiance to her in January. So despite ‘losing,’ she triumphs 11-7 in the delegate tally.”

Even media pundits on MSNBC openly called the process rigged:

The superdelegate process is complicated, as we’ve noted before, but they have one essential function: to prevent candidates like Bernie Sanders from winning the Democratic nomination.

Related Article: Rigged Democracy: Dozens of Hillary’s Superdelegates Are Lobbyists

Don’t believe me? Here’s a video of Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz explaining superdelegates:

Adding insult to injury, even when Sanders does win states (despite Hillary’s advantage in superdelegates), the media can be reliably counted on to discount Sanders’s wins as nothing more than prolonging the electoral process, which will inevitably elect the presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton. This pervasive commentary continues despite the fact Sanders only trails her by several hundred pledged delegates.

Meanwhile, according to the same media, the non-establishment Trump campaign is threatened every time Ted Cruz beats him — even though Trump leads by a larger percentage of pledged delegates than Clinton does. When Clinton loses, it doesn’t matter because she already has the nomination locked up. When Trump loses, his campaign is in big trouble. Starting to see the problem with the media coverage?

When you examine these media narratives, a troubling pattern emerges that goes beyond the political establishment’s self-interest. You begin to see that American corporate media also functions as an arm of the political machine, protecting establishment candidates while attacking — or dismissing — candidates who seem non-establishment.

This brings us to the events that transpired during the Republican nomination process in Colorado on Saturday. The Republican Party of Colorado didn’t even bother letting people vote before using arcane rules to strip the democratic process of its democracy. According to the Denver Post:

“Colorado GOP leaders canceled the party’s presidential straw poll in August to avoid binding its delegates to a candidate who may not survive until the Republican National Convention in July.

“Instead, Republicans selected national delegates through the caucus process, a move that put the election of national delegates in the hands of party insiders and activists — leaving roughly 90 percent of the more than 1 million Republican voters on the sidelines.”

Unsurprisingly, Trump’s non-establishment campaign walked away with zero delegates. They were all “awarded” to Ted Cruz.

“How is it possible that the people of the great State of Colorado never got to vote in the Republican Primary? Great anger — totally unfair!” Trump said on Twitter. “The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!”

In an interview on Monday, Trump was even more frank. “The system is rigged, it’s crooked,” he said.

The Colorado GOP didn’t even bother hiding its intentions, tweeting — then quickly removing — what was possibly the most honest insight into the back-door dealing so far this election season:


The Republican party chooses the nominee, not the voting public. Still in disbelief? Watch a Republican National Committee member explain it better than I can:

What we are witnessing — for the first time on a large scale — is the political establishment’s true role in selecting the president of the United States. The illusion of choice has become apparent. The establishment anoints their two picks for president, and the country proceeds to argue vehemently over the two candidates they are spoon-fed. This dynamic is reminiscent of a prophetic 1998 quote from philosopher Noam Chomsky:

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”

Ahh, the illusion of choice. Sure, in reality there are third party candidates who should be given a fair shake, but in our mainstream media-augmented reality, third parties do not exist. They aren’t mentioned. They aren’t even included in presidential debates. This is another way the media stifles healthy debate, stamps out dissenting opinions, and preserves the status-quo.

We The People don’t choose our presidents; they are hand-picked by a powerful group of political party insiders — parties that have long since sold out to the highest bidders. What we have on our hands in America is a rigged oligarchy, and that’s not a conspiracy theory — it’s fact. Now, however, millions of Americans are becoming aware of it thanks to the populist campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. America’s elections are controlled by a big club, but unfortunately, “you ain’t in it!”

This article (2016: The Year the Americans Found out Our Elections Are Rigged) is an opinion editorial (OP-ED). The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of Anti-Media. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Nick Bernabe andtheAntiMedia.org. Anti-Media Radio airs weeknights at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Image credits: Gage Skidmore/Michael Vadon. If you spot a typo, email edits@theantimedia.org.

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  1. 10207385496697509@facebook.com' Kathleen Russell says:


  2. 10205854595754087@facebook.com' Roland Ralston says:

    Rigged, no. What they are is slanted or set up so the powerful and elite can still ‘effect’ control over the general population. lol

  3. 10206207584323281@facebook.com' Ben Finnis says:

    American politics play out like. WWF and action movies.

  4. 1025057010849247@facebook.com' Constance McQuoid says:

    when the people awaken, beware

  5. 1234264923254093@facebook.com' Diane Straub says:


  6. 10156697474280567@facebook.com' Danielle New says:

    I thought it was obvious when people were throwing eggs at George Bush as he approached the White House. That reaction made it clearer than clear that he wasn’t the people’s choice. How does that quote go? It’s not the voters but the people who “count” the votes who decides the results ✌?️

  7. 10208501336308163@facebook.com' Kristo Art says:

    Surely not the first time and not the only country

  8. 1299829743365733@facebook.com' Seth Hanenburg says:

    I’ve known since Bush won over Gore and then kerry. I stopped voting in 2004. Diebold and the hacked system to sway the vote 49%-51% the delegates and super delegates were bought and paid for by the nominees to insure that they get re-elected when their terms are up. We live in an oligarchy ruled by psychopaths!

  9. 1160031470704083@facebook.com' Claudia Amaro da Silva says:


  10. 964243770307179@facebook.com' Roger Medina Jr. says:

    They been rigged since lincoln was in office nothing new

  11. 1299829743365733@facebook.com' Seth Hanenburg says:

    Hillary winning Iowa caucus with a damn coin toss??? Her getting the majority of the delegates when she clearly doesn’t have the popular vote! BS!

  12. 258435014496697@facebook.com' Junelle Lewis says:

    It is true that the Colorado process as well as the caucus process used in other states was not set up just to stop trump specifically but it was intentionally setup to give the elites control over the vote.. these processes as well as the delegates should be eliminated..for a state to be eligible they should have the simple process of the voters going to the polls and casting their vote…total all the votes and the candidate with the most votes wins.. that is the only fair way to have any election.. the same process should be followed in the general election and the electorial college should be abolished…….Do people actually understand what the RNC , cruz and kasich are saying when they are doing everything in their power to cause a contested convention? They are saying that they do not care what the voters want. Now , if they are already telling us that they don’t care about what the voters want do you actually think that they will care what you want once they get in office? Of course not. Just as they are trying to put the elites and their own wants ahead of yours now , you know damn well they will do the same thing once they get in office.. They don’t even care if hillary gets elected because it would still be government as usual in washington.. It is entirely up to the RNC if they want to win the election or not..Their blatant disregard of the voters wishes is nothing new but has just been a lot more visible this time..The gop elites openly doing everything in their power to destroy the front runner as well as cruz openly trying to get delegates to go against the will of their voters just emphasizes how crooked politics really is..All this delegate, super delegate, caucus, state convention, electorial college, etc., etc., is all about the elites trying to manipulate the election…The candidate with the most votes , piss on the crooked delegates , should be the nominee..If the RNC does not recognize this and abide by the wishes of the people that cast the votes for the leading candidate then they can kiss their party good bye…The vast majority of Trump’s supporters will write his name in if necessary and if the RNC screws Trump out of the nomination we will vote against any GOP candidate for any office..Yes, RNC, we are 40% of the republican vote plus the dems and independants that trump can pull over that will vote against any republican on the ballot for any office.. Let’s see you win anything without those votes… We really don’t feel that we have much to lose because the GOP has been laying down and giving obama everything he wanted anyway.. So , RNC , if you want to go ahead and destroy your party , go for it..If you are not going to listen to the voters then we need to start a new party anyway..

    • 643154712505130@facebook.com' Elizabeth Lawrence says:

      Al Gore won popular vote. Did not win election. H Clinton won popular vote over Obama. She did not get to run for president. How many more. Everyone, except the ignorant, knows this is how it works. Why r people complaining now
      Where have these people been living; in a cave?????

    • 643154712505130@facebook.com' Elizabeth Lawrence says:

      The GOP has not given anything to Obama. Do u live in a cave? Get real, please

    • 258435014496697@facebook.com' Junelle Lewis says:


    • 10208019163589725@facebook.com' Mo Levario says:

      This crap might have been ok in the beginning when there were not many people. Now we need the same in every state popular vote should be the only way to elect.

    • 258435014496697@facebook.com' Junelle Lewis says:

      Mo Levario my thoughts exactly

    • 10208019163589725@facebook.com' Mo Levario says:


  13. 10153815535313149@facebook.com' Vicki Schwartz Nitkiewicz says:

    shoot. they’ve been rigged since Lincoln. Doesn’t take a lot of research especially in the south to see how we’ve been dupped.

  14. 892404600854885@facebook.com' Denise Baker says:

    In addition to the “popular” vote count, as far as the accuracy being reported, is in fact, not. “They” do not include caucus counts for states in the popular vote, which Mr. Sanders has been winning.

  15. 685508511501952@facebook.com' Big Picture Questions says:

    Yes. But we must be the change ourselves. What Is the Law Of Action? http://wp.me/p5EGgc-dQd

  16. 789587907834905@facebook.com' Rex McDonald says:

    2017, the year they forgot it? 🙁

  17. 1719216458335360@facebook.com' Terry Mize says:

    if she steals the election, i do not believe We, the people will let her sit as president…what if they gave an inauguration and nobody showed? Lol the people will revolt if she does this, we deserve and desire much better than her!

  18. 1091524577538687@facebook.com' Crissy Hyde says:

    Amazing the Sheeple still believe their votes matter! Don’t waste ur time, THEY will place who THEY want in Office – our votes give us the ILLUSION of a choice when in essence our vote for the Commander in Chief means about as much as the dirt on the bottom of your shoe….

  19. 10206634078641880@facebook.com' Ian Eel Alexander says:

    totally rigged

  20. 10207720410152479@facebook.com' Kathy Bundrick Boylan says:

    Why do we even have elections

  21. 10205594222045343@facebook.com' Mary Haynes says:

    I discovered the elections was rigged in 2000

  22. 10153782768171514@facebook.com' Kim Sigman says:

    We found this out when George W. Bush Jr. Got reelected. Remember the Florida recount?

  23. 1167167773314204@facebook.com' Giresh Thani says:

    For those who’re aware, what’s been done for Bernie’s not simply be done then to be left, He’ll be guided’n’assisted’n’blessed str8 the way thru His Presidency by The One who’s done etc. Be aware of this! N’so be more confident therein what’s to come of His being elected. (N.B. I would like this msg spread as far’n’wide across that Nation, i.e. in every nook’n’cranny where it’s thought that it’ll have +ve influence on the determination of things.)

  24. 1167167773314204@facebook.com' Giresh Thani says:

    They generally are, yes; but there’s scope for them this time, if they’re yet rigged, to be rigged in the right way … be aware of this!

  25. 1210621755615434@facebook.com' Rik Daegele says:

    They pacify us with these elections, making us think that we make a difference and that our vote really matters. The next 10 elections. Have already been decided just the puppets that are under the strings are to be named as needed.. Insert here. They let us have our electronic toys and keep us in our little rat maze, ushering us along stopping at the reds and going at the green. A well oiled machine keeping society going while we blindly hand over every penny we work for. Try to scramble enough cash like squirrels gathering nuts for when we turn 70 and have no real life in us left anymore anyway.. But it beats a lot of countries. We’re humans and were descendants from wild animals it’s no mystery why we act the way we do. <3

  26. 966801543374426@facebook.com' Tevita Sa'alea says:

    They always have been rigged look how Gore won and Bush jnr got in If that isn’t rigged I’ll go back to sleep

  27. 1693544167564319@facebook.com' Ronald Francis Dugan says:

    Disgusting, the whole system!

  28. 1695506704067224@facebook.com' Marybeth Morgan says:

    As long as it’s not trump, I don’t care

  29. 557492747764404@facebook.com' Anna Lloyd says:

    .I think American peps didnt know the results of those “delegate vote
    Sure didn’t when all the votes against reg.party was thrown out
    We need a revamp. 1vote1person

  30. 10205075239151913@facebook.com' Alex Svadlena says:

    In a true democracy the popular vote counts and decides the outcome. Hasn’t anyone noticed that the popular vote doesn’t count in the U.S. – maybe it’s a good time now to educate the masses and to change this

  31. 1171207142897925@facebook.com' Thomas James Elliott says:


  32. 10208019163589725@facebook.com' Mo Levario says:


  33. 10208205878841383@facebook.com' Dean B. Wood says:

    What took so long

  34. 1160328803979299@facebook.com' Richard Leist says:

    Everything in this country is rigged. But Bernie promotes socialist ideas, which I’m not completely against some socialist philosophies. But that’s exactly what he got, everything split.

  35. 10153220813103983@facebook.com' Janet Singer says:

    List of Democratic Party superdelegates, 2016 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    You deprive people of their civil liberties when you vote in opposition to your constituency by nominating Hillary Clinton. If she wins the popular vote, fine! If Bernie Sanders wins the popular vote and you still give Hillary Clinton your superdelegate vote there are many of us across the country who will be contributing to your opponent’s campaign. More than anything, in a democracy, it is your job to represent the people. THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!

    Here’s a list of superdelegates I got off wiki before they were deleted.


  36. 1509939922639251@facebook.com' Becky Dowell says:

    Let’s go money Bernie needs you

  37. 10207288587846416@facebook.com' Nancy Bierlein Jansons says:

    Yes—I think the system is flawed.

  38. 10209548119164281@facebook.com' Lori Shuttle-Dalley says:

    Yes i do believe its all rigged,I think its all a game to them,trifling with the people like pawns on a chess board,changing the rules to suit them.Its not power to the people,its power to the money and what they can connive with it.

  39. 10153751479245269@facebook.com' Krista Carignan says:

    It certainly doesn’t sound like democracy

  40. 1093822170630913@facebook.com' Marc Perna says:

    It always has been. 2000 when the SCOTUS gave us a President despite the popular vote. 2004 with paper ballots and rigged machines. Without a FEDERAL STANDARD for voting for all 50 states can we not expect anything legitimate.

  41. 10154160393062375@facebook.com' Justin Busa says:

    You mean the year you decided to pay attention.

  42. 1152049274818823@facebook.com' David Close says:

    It`s time to do away with delegates, let the people decide.

  43. 10209285375870060@facebook.com' Nick Bason says:

    Like a Palestinian friend once commented, Western Bullshit Democracy.

  44. 1177236205621178@facebook.com' Renee Wallace says:


  45. 468974126503083@facebook.com' Outside the Box says:

    Sick of the BS going on?? A free world is waiting for those in need. The technology is here now to supply the necessities we need to survive, we only have to create this free world. Out with the old and in with the new. Its time for change. Join this group to be part of the change>
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/265603456982790/ .

  46. 1611753942481634@facebook.com' Joseph Garcia says:

    Of Fricking course ! But in the end, does it really matter , because we have all become Lemmings, so let’s find that nearest cliff !!!

  47. 564670377043824@facebook.com' John Patterson says:

    I’m not saying they’re rigged. I’m just saying that if Donald Trump got 100% of ALL the votes,someone other than Trump would be President.

  48. 1605157816473452@facebook.com' Selena Sapp says:

    i found out in 2012

  49. 219445498424280@facebook.com' Cryelle Jameson says:

    Our country is already lost due to the fact that most of the people in this society don’t care… As long as they know the new tv shows and the latest albums along with the best sports team…. That’s all that matters

  50. 1228725383805488@facebook.com' Angela Galbreath-Hudson says:

    Nothing is new. It was “rigged” from the start of of of this “laughable” system of democracy .

  51. 493860864098973@facebook.com' Robin Cameron says:

    Totally rigged. The USA is a travesty of democracy, a total travesty. I would say the people should protest, but the USA is also a police state, so that wouldn’t work.

  52. 1100076953367141@facebook.com' Amrita Hansra says:

    Of course it’s rigged!

  53. 10153146516688652@facebook.com' Nick Marturano says:

    Umm. Super delegates don’t officially pledge until the convention. The writer of this is part of the problem…. Super delegates aren’t locked in place yet. So stop saying they are. You mine as well work for the mega media.

  54. 1632451627038850@facebook.com' Wendy Hardin says:

    So we make get stuck with her. Swell.

  55. 10208059892283094@facebook.com' Eileen Young says:

    Of course it’s rigged!

  56. 10153636208428470@facebook.com' Vasquez-Millan Frank says:

    Its a Representative Republic people not a true Democracy, always remember that. Don’t be fooled.

  57. 10204738995255394@facebook.com' Lisa Goggin says:

    Colin Currie

  58. 10209070183177203@facebook.com' Jack W. Sehon II says:

    I’ve known it since 1970

  59. 10209136344070458@facebook.com' Diana Dearen says:

    Yes, rigged and set up for the Elite to retain control which is NOT a democracy…and the people are not happy about this….

  60. 563090840539206@facebook.com' Michael J Terenzetti says:


  61. 196276234094458@facebook.com' Ron Peterson says:

    I’ve known for a long time,it has been quite evident to anyone that uses their brain!

  62. 1662410817353902@facebook.com' Janis Adkins says:

    Its disgusting, super sad. What do we do about this???? If he does not get this hands down. I can not imagine the HELL that will be paid

  63. 548618021965943@facebook.com' Marva Rice says:

    There is definitely a problem with the caucus process because people cross over and vote, as well as independents voting; they are all included in the result. Closed primaries give a better indicator of where Dem. voters stand. Sanders does well with the caucus system and poorer with the closed primary. With the caucus system, like in Wyoming, delegates have an excuse to omit or filter out all votes except the Dem votes and then put their vote behind what the majority of “Dems” have voted for in that caucus; and so far the majority of Dems have voted for Clinton both in caucuses and nationally. That is with all others filtered out except the Dems.

  64. 1737324343169963@facebook.com' LouAnn Davidson says:

    Our presidential election has been rigged from the get-go when those beloved founding fathers felt that the decision was too big, too important to leave it in the hands of the largely uneducated general population.

    Let’s fix it once and for all and let WE THE PEOPLE choose our own President!!!

  65. 10208723981919986@facebook.com' John Keller says:

    They found out when bush won florida over gore in the rigged hanging chad election.

  66. 10207687476966139@facebook.com' Donna Rahman says:

    It’s a weird, outdated system.

  67. 10207216948555548@facebook.com' Robert E. Bushong says:

    Yes, it always has been and it gets worse every election. Just look at the history, they are rigged by the people who have the power and the money not for the common people. So they rig the elections so that they put the politicians they want in office that will suit their needs.They want to control the common people so they can have power on them to do as they want. So basically that makes common people their slaves and we let them get away with it. And we can blame anyone but ourselves. People need to quit believing what they are telling us and start thinking for ourselves take control again. After all. we are, “We The People”.

  68. 10207234465518013@facebook.com' Niki Wolf Gilbert says:

    only the tip of the iceberg

  69. 10206002154197196@facebook.com' Amy WebsterJersey says:

    Bottom line, the people aren’t going to wake up. You’re still going to sit there, in your cookie cutter houses, complaining about money and our country and our rights. And your fat ass is gonna still turn on the nightly news and watch and complain. Every. Single. Night. There isn’t going to be a revolution. You’re gonna listen as soon as the government tells you every little thing is fine. Sheeeeeepppp

  70. 10206455566841654@facebook.com' Charlotte Taylor says:

    Politicians get $$ for favors and $$$$ for speeches and do anything for $$$$$….Millions and millions are spent on elections while children go to bed hungry and abused and soldiers die for freedom…..this world is the shits !!!

  71. 1123136087713767@facebook.com' Ivan A Hernandez says:

    Rene Vela Jr. Presidents are selected not elected.. You have voters and electors

  72. 1633095990313502@facebook.com' Rene Vela Jr. says:

    Yup I learned form this years election and pretty opened slot of people’s eyes

    • 1123136087713767@facebook.com' Ivan A Hernandez says:

      If you look back at the history post jfk and how the presidents got in power and who they worked for it’ll all be more clear

  73. 10207425719580244@facebook.com' Doyle King says:

    The states control and make the rules for the primaries . No it is not rigged. The rules are there if the candidates have the intelligence to follow them. The whine babies are crying because they cant change the rules to make them winners.

  74. 1345360565481007@facebook.com' Refritos D Queso says:

    It’s not rigged its legal…..like most Americans you need a better understanding so you can make changes wtfu

  75. 1231574530191821@facebook.com' Sharon Rose Dean says:

    known this for yrs….i am not on eof the robots who not awakend..

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