Daardie beroemde lyn uit die film “Cool Hand Luke
” kept echoing in my head as I paged through a new national poll conducted by Monmouth University
What about in the January 2021 Monmouth poll? 32%.
And how about the March 2021 Monmouth poll? Yup — 32%.
The consistency of belief that Biden won solely because of fraud speaks to the fact that one-third of the country simply cannot be reached by facts — no matter how often they are presented by the mainstream media.
Because it is a FACT that Biden won
81 million votes and
306 verkiesingsstemme. And it is a FACT that Donald Trump won
74 million votes and
232 verkiesingsstemme. It is a FACT that the the results in all
50 states and the District of Columbia have long been certified
. It is a FACT that there is zero evidence
— turned up by federal or state officials
— that any widespread electoral fraud occurred anywhere
Hoekom, dan, do nearly one-third of Americans simply ignore or not believe these facts — despite an abundance of evidence that makes their truth plain? Two reasons, mainly:
1) Conservative media
— Fox News, Newsmax
, praat radio — simply doesn’t acknowledge these facts
. (There are obvious exceptions
, like FNC’s Chris Wallace.
) And those same outlets treat belaglik “recounts” like what is happening in Arizona as credible
, casting them as potentially overturning the election
2) The hatred and mistrust of the mainstream media — fueled by Trump — within the Republican base means that if CNN says the sky is blue, the GOP base will argue until their last breath that it is green.
Whatever the reason, what we are witnessing here is a remarkable abnegation of fact. A sacrifice of the truth at the altar of partisanship. A direct — en deurlopend — threat to democracy.
Die punt: If you believe January 6 was an isolated incident that could never happen again, go back and read this from the top. One-third of our fellow Americans believe the election was stolen from the rightful winner — and refuse to acknowledge facts that directly undermine that fantasy. That’s a recipe for disaster.