Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Monday that there were chances that the upcoming United States general elections are “rigged”. This is the first time that a modern presidential candidate in the country has voiced such “fears”. He, however, did not buttress his claims with any evidence, reported Associated Press.

Trump made this claim twice – first when he addressed an audience in Columbus, Ohio, and the next time when he appeared for a TV show. He said the Democrats first fixed their primaries so Hillary Clinton could be nominated as the presidential candidate and now there are chances of an unfair election. He said, “I'm afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest.”

Trump’s confidante Roger Stone echoed him during an interview with a radio channel, reported The Guardian. He said, “I think we have widespread voter fraud, but the first thing that Trump needs to do is begin talking about it constantly.”

The 70-year-old business tycoon also upped the ante against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and called her a “devil”. In his hour-long speech to a packed rally at a high school gym in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, he said Clinton's Democratic party rival Bernie Sanders "made a deal with the devil." Trump also took the opportunity to announce that he had raised $35 million in the month of July, an amount that is “unheard of for Republicans.”