The presidential elections in the United States have never resembled a true democracy 1

The presidential elections in the United States have never resembled a true democracy and the nation requires a political revolution to be able o function as a republic, according to an American scholar.  “US presidential elections have absolutely nothing to do with anything that resemble democracy,” said Kevin Barrett, an author and political commentator based in Madison, Wisconsin.

“Americans need to wake up and see that their nation has become a criminal empire rather than a republic as was setup the founding fathers,” Barrett told Press TV on Thursday. Republican and Democratic nominees, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, facef off in the last one-on-one debate on Wednesday in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has challenged the legitimacy of American democracy, declaring that he might not accept the results of the November 8 presidential election if there is evidence it was rigged. “I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now,” Trump said during his final presidential debate.

Barrett cited several examples that show American elections have been rigged since the 1940s. “I don’t know if Trump is the man to lead the second American revolution, I think he isn’t, but if he can continue to speak these unspeakable truths and destroy Americans’ misplaced faith and the big lies of their almost infinitely corrupt system, then we will get that much closer to second American revolution which is what this country needs,” Barrett stated.

Over the last week, Trump has intensified his criticism of the American electoral system. He called the election process rigged, and said the media is colluding with Clinton in order to beat him. He has strongly questioned the legitimacy of the US elections, saying that he believed the vote was already being “rigged” at many polling places. According to a new poll released on Monday, 41 percent of American voters are saying the 2016 election could be “stolen” from Trump due to widespread voter fraud.