Donald Trump has doubled down in recent days on his assertion that the U.S. presidential election, which will be held Nov. 8, is rigged. He has urged his supporters to go to polling stations and keep an eye out for voting fraud. According to a new poll, 73 percent of Republicans think the election could be stolen from him. As my colleague Chris Cillizza put it: Donald Trump is setting the stage to never concede the 2016 election.

In other words, American democracy is looking more and more fragile every day. Voter fraud is extremely rare — The Washington Post found only 31 examples out of 1 billion ballots cast — and the United States has had uninterrupted peaceful transfers of power from a president from one party to a president from another since 1800. But, to some Twitter users in Africa, the U.S. campaign of 2016 is beginning to exhibit the characteristics of their own struggles with democracy.

Using the hashtag #Nov8AfricanEdition, hundreds of people — mostly Nigerians — have issued satirical headlines that mirror the way Western news media cover African elections. The tweets, which continue to roll in, capitalize on an opportunity to apply the same sanctimonious language to American elections that often are applied to African states.

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