Republican leaders complicit as Donald Trump continues to undermine our democracy
There is no evidence that the Republican Party is in the pocket of a losing former president just like their endorsement of Donald Trump’s big lie. Instead of condemning the constant attacks on our democracy by a man who twice lost the popular vote and instigated a deadly attack on our Capitol and the police, the Republican leaders continue to indulge his big lie and have refused to hold him or anyone else in their party responsible for blatantly undermining our democracy.
Politics: ‘It’s spreading’: fake electoral fraud conspiracies infect mid-terms
- “It started out as a big, false claim – that the election was stolen from Donald Trump. But nearly a year later, the Big Lie is metastasizing, with Republicans across the country raising the specter of rigged elections in their own pre-midterm campaigns.
- “It can be terrible for the Republican Party at the end of the day, too. In Georgia last year, Trump’s baseless claims about rigged elections lowered Republican turnout in two critical Senate votes, the loss of which cost Republicans their Senate majority. An erosion of the confidence of GOP voters in the integrity of the elections could again persuade some of them to stay at home in competitive House and Senate races next year – and in the presidential race in 2024 – with nothing less than the balance of power in Washington in jeopardy.
The Guardian: California recall vote shows Trump’s big lie is now a Republican playbook
- “Former President Donald Trump warned that the ballot would be ‘rigged’. Republican candidate Larry Elder predicted “shenanigans”. Conservative media star Tomi Lahren suggested “voter fraud” was inevitable. “
- Trump himself weighed in during the final days of the campaign, including a statement that rhetorically asked, ‘Does anyone really think the California recall election isn’t rigged? “”
- “Last year, Republicans feared that Trump’s claims of widespread fraud due to an expansion of postal voting during the pandemic would persuade many Republicans to stay at home. His incessant screams in Georgia may have cost Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue their seats in the second round of the Senate last January.
National newspaperTrump’s takeover of Republican Party over
- “Even though he lacks the power of the presidency and is no longer the center of political attention, former President Trump is slowly and steadily consolidating his takeover of the Republican Party. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez’s decision this week to retire instead of facing a Trump-endorsed main challenger in Ohio underscores how endangered Republicans critical of Trump are in the political ecosystem.
- “Out of the office and without access to social media, Trump’s grip on the GOP is greater than ever. He selects privileged candidates in open primaries and takes revenge on those who personally crossed paths with him. GOP are now mimicking its approach to politics. Even if this prevents the party from winning, Trump’s takeover is complete. “
Associated press: Trump backs ‘big lie’ supporters for state election posts
- “[Trump]is supporting candidates who not only perpetuated the lie that the 2020 election was stolen, but who in some cases also actively tried to overturn the results. The measures reflect Trump’s desire to exert influence at all levels of the Republican Party and to install allies in critical roles in states that may be more likely to help him corrupt future election results.
- “Despite a lack of credible evidence to back up Trump’s claims of massive electoral fraud, the former president has continued to push the ‘big lie’, turning it into a litmus test for GOP candidates. Trump remains very popular with politicians. Republican voters, a majority of whom continue to believe the election was stolen, despite dozens of state and local election officials, numerous judges, and Trump’s own attorney general claiming that President Joe Biden won fairly.