Donald Trump once again escalated his "rigged election" rhetoric at a rally in Wisconsin last night, and many observers are now warning that if he keeps it up, the smooth functioning of our democracy could be undermined, not just by lack of voter confidence in the integrity of the outcome, but also by outright disruptions on election day.
This is a bit like warning that an arsonist may end up succeeding in reducing his target to ashes.
It is now becoming clear that the prospect of undermined public faith in the election's integrity, and even disruptions on election day, is not an unintended byproduct of Trump's snowballing claims of a rigged election. Rather, making these things happen is very likely the explicit goal of those claims.
In Wisconsin, Trump again alluded to a plot to "rig the election at the polling booths":
"People that have died 10 years ago are still voting. Illegal immigrants are voting," Trump said. "So many cities are corrupt, and voter fraud is very, very common."