US presidential elections are manipulated and fixed by the country’s power structure and American voters are deprived from their right to choose the nation’s president, a writer and political analyst in Chicago says.
“Anybody claiming that US elections are honest simply doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” Stephen Lendman said during an interview with Press TV on Tuesday.
“American voters are disenfranchised without their knowledge; it simply doesn’t matter how they vote… the power structure in America decides the way major election will turnout,” Lendman said.
“The power structure in America, what some people call the deep state, people there decide how the nation will be run,” he added.
“Americans going to the polls, thinking their vote counts, are living in a dream world. It doesn’t count at all; voting in America literally is a waste of time,” the analyst argued.
Americans are heading to the polls to choose a new president after one of the most divisive US presidential elections in history.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a slim lead in the polls, but a win by her Republican rival Donald Trump has not been ruled out.
In the past few days, both candidates have held rallies in the swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Michigan, in order to secure the electoral votes of those states.
“I think the election was rigged for Hillary and the only way I see Trump having a chance to win is if the power structure decided she’s too tainted, she’s too damaged to go on and become US president,” Lendman said.
Lendman warned that if Clinton becomes president, she will launch endless wars around the world. “This is a war goddess who wants endless wars, including possibly a nuclear war in Russia, in China, [and] in Iran.”
Voter turnout in the United States is among the lowest among developed nations, a phenomenon that has confounded politicians, activists and academics.
According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, in terms of voter turnout, the US was ranked 31st out of 35 countries that are a part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).