As Trump’s Election Conspiracy Theories Get Crazier, Some Republicans Are Finally Backing Away
With President Donald Trump’s campaign largely abandoning the claim that widespread voter fraud swung the election’s outcome—a claim for which the campaign’s lawyers struggled to provide evidence—the president’s supporters have moved along to two outlandish new tactics to avoid admitting defeat.
The first tactic involves claiming that Trump was the victim—and isn’t he always—of a vote-rigging scheme allegedly perpetrated by Democratic Party operatives and Dominion Voting Systems, a company that manufactures electronic voting machines and their software. Those allegations have been percolating through the right-wing fever swamps for days, but on Thursday afternoon they were given a full endorsement by Sidney Powell, one of Trump’s top election lawyers, who sketched out a massive conspiracy that stretches far enough to include Hugo Chavez, the former Venezuelan dictator who has been dead since 2013.
“What we are really dealing with here and uncovering more by the day is the massive influence of communist money through Venezuela, Cuba, and likely China in the interference with our elections here in the United States,” Powell claimed. Later, she said Trump had actually won the election “by a landslide” before as many as 7 million votes were switched electronically to President-elect Joe Biden.
While discussing Powell’s press conference on Thursday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said the allegations, if proven, would constitute “the single greatest crime in American history.” He’s probably right. But, as Carlson went on to point out, the allegations are a long way from being proven. In fact, Powell has rebuked his offers to bring forward the evidence of these explosive claims.
Publicly, the Trump campaign has offered nothing that could be rightfully called evidence to support these wild conspiracy theories. Many of the specific claims have already been debunked, so there’s no need to go through them one-by-one here. The longer this goes on without Trump’s attorneys offering evidence of this huge scandal, the more obvious it becomes that these claims are not meant to hold up in court, but merely intended to create doubt about the election’s outcome and to cloud the minds, specifically, of a few key Republicans.
Which brings us to the second tactic. Trump has personally invited some of the top Republicans in the Michigan state legislature to meet with him in the White House on Friday. It is
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