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Trump Begins 'Optimistic' Convention With Familiar Moaning and Groaning

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

President Donald Trump welcomed his formal re-nomination at the Republican National Convention much like he has greeted crowds across the country, press in the briefing room at the White House and workers on factory floors in the months after his rallies were shut down: with a lengthy, rambling, grievance-filled speech. 

Despite promising an “optimistic” event, Trump had no sooner taken to the podium, before he complained about mail in voting,  an evidence free attack on the democratic method that he returned to several times over the course of the more than 50 minute address. 

“The only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election,” Trump lied and said at one point during his address. “We’re going to win this election.”  

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