Donald Trump Is Rigging The Election Against Himself
Donald Trump has been widely criticized for suggesting that he'd receive campaign help from foreign governments. He most likely thinks that the foreign governments who helped him last time. Other Republicans seem to agree. Unfortunately, the deck might be stacked against them this time and they've lowered everyone's collective defenses.
Damn near anyone can do some sort of interference. This could involve laundered campaign donations, social media posts, or some form of hacking. Most foreign governments can do some kind of mischief. However, only a few are likely to be very good at it and inclined to attack. The list is widely believed to include Russia, China, Iran, and possibly North Korea.
Russia helped him before, but would they be willing to take the risk again. America is sending Russia signals that the United States will strike back without Trump's input if attacked. Are Putin and his allies willing to take that risk a second time? Putin and his circle may seek to hurt the Republicans as part of an effort to make peace with the Democrats. Such an effort, while far fetched, isn't entirely implausible.
China and its leader Xi Jinping want Trump out of office. His trade war and attacks on Chinese companies like Huawei have proved troublesome for the regime. Xi could face consequences if he loses to Trump. His spies have obtained recordings of Trump's phone calls. They may have gotten hold of damaging files from the Trump Organization. They have knives ready to go and want to stab them into Trump's political back. They might just use them.
Iran liked the Obama deal. Their economy finally had some breathing room. Now Trump has cut that airway off. The Iranian regime is increasingly unpopular at home. Going back to the Obama Deal may be necessary for them. Therefore, expect some kind of effort on their part to influence the election, since Democrats want to keep the deal.
Interference can be as easy as leaking damning information about senior Republicans to the media. Many of our allies don't like him and might not be interested in sharing intelligence that is beneficial to him. It's possible to do some interference and get away with it or else muddy the waters so that it's impossible to prove. The Republicans have pushed the pendulum as hard as they can. This election, it might just be swinging around back toward them.