“And if we simply look back and tell our people don’t vote because there’s cheating going on, then we’re going to put ourselves in a huge disadvantage. 그래서, moving forward, let’s focus on what it takes to win those elections. We can do that. But we have to let people know that they can — they can believe and they can have confidence that those elections are fair.”
이것은, 물론이야, all perfectly accurate
. There is simply no evidence of any sort of widespread voter fraud in the
2020 선거. Some states in which the vote between Joe Biden and Donald Trump was very close have recounted the vote multiple times
, with no change in result
. In Georgia
, 예를 들면, the vote was recounted three times
— including once by hand
— and no significant irregularities or changes were found
Given all of that, it should not be terribly newsworthy when a Republican elected official acknowledges that Biden won fair and square. “Dog bites man” isn’t usually a story.
그러나, we are in 대단히 unusual times. 과, 공화당 원, Trump has made believing in the Big Lie that the election was stolen a loyalty litmus test. Despite all of the objective facts pointing to a fair election, the former President remains utterly obsessed with relitigating 2020.
“‘Senator’ Mike Rounds of the Great State of South Dakota just went woke on the Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020. He made a statement this weekend on ABC Fake News, that despite massive evidence to the contrary, including much of it pouring in from Wisconsin, 그루지야, 애리조나, 미시간, 펜실베니아, and other states, he found the election to be ok — just fine. Is he crazy or just stupid?” Trump said in a statement Monday morning.
(Trump has also been openly critical of Rounds
’ home state Senate colleague
— John Thune
, after weighing retirement
, 발표 over the weekend that he is running for another term in
Unfortunately for the health and future of the GOP, many of its elected leaders — and rank in file — are falling in line with Trump’s falsehood.
ㅏ 12 월 2020 survey of Republicans in Congress by The Washington Post revealed that only
27 members acknowledged that Biden had won the election
과, 1 월 6, 2021, 139 Republican House members and 8 공화당 상원 의원 voted to object to challenges to either the Arizona and Pennsylvania results
The following month
, when asked whether the election was stolen
, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise responded this way
: “Joe Biden’s the President
. There were a few states that did not follow their state laws
. That’s really the dispute that you’ve seen continue on.
In the interim
, Republican candidates
— for Senate and House
— from all over the country have put election denialism at the center of their campaigns as they try to attract an endorsement from the former President
. “I get attacked by my opponents for saying this
, but I believe it very strongly and so I want to say it up here
: I believe the election was stolen from Donald J
. 지우다,” said Josh Mandel
, one of the leading GOP candidates in the Ohio Senate race
All of which makes what Rounds said — aka the objective truth — a bit of an outlier within his party. 어느, 잘, stop and think about that for a minute. Acknowledging a fact that has been proven time and time and time again in swing states across the country makes you an exception within one of the country’s two main political parties.
That’s what Republicans — like Rounds — who are trying to steer their party back toward a more fact-based reality are up against.