Three weeks from U.S. voting day, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has grown increasingly shrill and hysterical in his denunciations of the news media, the American electoral system and the supporters of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. His announcement that the system is rigged against him sounded very much like a concession of defeat in advance of the event.
The news media are rigged against him, he contended, in that they have been publishing an avalanche of stories about women who said he inflicted his hands or his mouth on them. After the whole country heard his tape-recorded voice boasting that he could grope and kiss unwilling women because he was a celebrity, he told the audience of a televised debate that he had never done these things. That claim provoked the avalanche of complaints that Mr. Trump considers unfair.