Aside from making dubious claims about the U.S. constitution, Trump fundamentally fails to accept the reality of his defeat, putting American democracy in an even weaker position. However, this is par for the course with him.
From the very beginning, Trump clung to claims of rigging during the 2016 election. In October of 2016, when the Trump campaign saw its numbers sagging in the polls, then-candidate Trump tweeted that “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD.”
The usual suspects like Rudy Giuliani echoed these claims and even went so far as to claim that Democrats were more likely to commit fraud because they had more control of cities than Republicans. As if having control of cities made committing election fraud easy.
Of course, it would be asinine for most politicians to make such overarching claims of fraud before the election was even over. But Trump is not a normal politician. Covering for his lacking qualifications to govern, Trump’s fraud claims hit hard with a base of people who want to view their Democrat counterparts as inherently illegitimate.
And polling shows that this strategy of continued objection appeals hits home, especially among Fox viewers. A recent poll of 2,508 adults found that 30 percent of Americans believe that Trump’s 2020 election was stolen. Among Fox viewers, that number is an overwhelming 82 percent.
This is, of course, nonsense. Trump’s own Attorney General William Barr came out and denounced the claims by Trump and called the accusations “bullshit.” Despite going to court 62 times and losing in nearly all cases, Trump insisted that the election was an illegal fraud. And, just as a side note, if you lose even half the number of court cases, maybe you should consider the efficacy of your case, especially when some of the judges are there because of you. But no, Trump continues to insist on this tired old lie that sent people to the capitol on January 6th and disgraced us in the eyes of the world.
I don’t know how Trump continues to pursue this without getting exhausted by his failure, but it is almost certain that he is using it to galvanize his base. If he can convince the members of his party to suppress the vote, as I argued before, he can at least prepare for 2024. And considering the state of the nation right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up making it the center of his campaign.