A fear grows in Trumpworld: have we become too conspiratorial?


“But when it comes to the integrity of the elections and the protection of voters, it is essential that we help states put in place these simple and popular security mechanisms to ensure honesty for the midterms of 2022,” added Gidley, who heads the Center for Election Integrity at the Trump-aligned America First Policy Institute. “I want to make sure that the data we collect and the information we share is based on solid ground rather than sinking sand.”

The comments illustrate the growing cracks erupting in Republican circles over how the party should approach the latest election. It’s a rift that was caused primarily by Trump, who intends to continually question the 2020 outcome with increasingly far-fetched conspiracies that other Republicans echo. Gidley himself made misleading arguments on some of the results of the 2020 elections, including the day the January 6 Capitol riots.

When asked to comment, Lindell – who has led a national crusade to push false allegations of fraud and voting machine hacking, and is being sued for defamation by voting machine maker Dominion for $ 1.3 billion. dollars – said in a text message that he would bring his “electoral fraud” case to the Supreme Court on November 23 at 9 a.m.

The results of all of this are evident in a new poll that reveals how wary Trump voters are about election security.

A POLITICO / Morning Consult poll released Wednesday shows that 77 percent of Democrats, 49 percent of Independents and 28 percent of Republican voters have a lot or part of their trust in the electoral system. Only 9% of Republicans say they trust the electoral system very much.

Among self-identified 2020 Trump voters, only 22% said they believed the 2020 election was free and fair; while 72 percent said they probably or definitely not. They were slightly more optimistic about the 2022 election, with 38% saying they believed they would be free and fair. But 51 percent always said they thought they wouldn’t. When asked if they would vote for a candidate who thought the 2020 election should be investigated, 75% of Trump voters in 2020 said yes, while only 11% said no .

The numbers demonstrate the great skepticism and distrust of Trump voters about the election and the potential challenges Republicans might have in convincing voters that their ballots matter.

“When my fellow Republicans focus on the wrong things, when they focus on plots on secret algorithms on voting machines, and focus on ideas, there is a bunch of printed ballots. in China sneaking into the back door of the board. elections – all of those things are easily disproved, ”said Republican Secretary of State for Ohio, Frank LaRose, who is running for re-election next May. “But focusing on these things distracts from what I see as the real concerns about the integrity of the elections.”

The PolI Morning Consult offers some relief to Republicans who fear voters will fail to show up amid discussions of sweeping election conspiracies. 92% of self-identified Republican voters said they planned to vote in the 2022 election, with just 4% saying they did not. In contrast, only 70% of self-identified Democrats said they planned to vote, and 29% said they did not.

Nonetheless, in recent weeks some prominent Republicans have started to warn in increasingly scathing terms that so much talk about fraud and the 2020 election could lower turnout.

“I think the best thing President Trump can do to help us get majorities in 2022 is talk about the future,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) Said on Meet the Press. “[B]better to talk about the future than to focus on the past at every election.

Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, meanwhile, said “re-contenting 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022.”

“The election has passed, it has been certified, states have made decisions about the integrity of each of their elections and made improvements where needed. It’s about the future, it’s not about the last election, and those kinds of comments aren’t constructive, ”he told Meet the Press.

Neither Blunt nor Hutchinson are running for re-election in 2022. And their warnings seem likely to be drowned out by routine Trump statements calling for more investigations into an election that has been consistently certified as accurate and safe. In a recent statement, Trump threatened that voters will not go to the polls unless election laws are changed. And in an interview for a new book by David Drucker, “In Trump’s Shadow: The Battle for 2024 and the Future of the GOP,” Trump admitted that his focus on 2020 could be an “asset” or a “problem” for the GOP. GOP.

Such proclamations sparked a stampede among Republicans worried voters would fail to show up. Notably, last week Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Tweeted, “I recently conducted a poll on the Georgia election and if my constituents thought their votes would count on a TV show. Unfortunately, 4% said they would not even vote due to voter fraud. This is FALSE. Legal R votes are just as important as stopping illegal votes. “

And in interviews, Republicans have called on the ex-president to stop talking about 2020 and focus on 2022 instead.

“When people don’t trust elections, they ultimately don’t participate,” LaRose said.

In GOP primary races across the country, however, candidates openly called for additional “audits” of the 2020 presidential vote, despite its continued verification. Josh Mandel, Republican candidate for the Ohio Senate, called for “audits” in all 50 states. And Trump backed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake to campaign to claim the 2020 election was stolen.

They also fueled the movement among Republicans elected to pass voter restriction laws in their state houses. According to an October tally by the progressives Brennan Center for Justice, “At least 19 states have enacted 33 laws that make it harder for Americans to vote” in 2021.

On both sides of the aisle, this has led to an urgency for the passage of voting reform. According to the POLITICO / Morning Consult poll, more than three-quarters of U.S. voters (78%) believe that working to ensure integrity in U.S. elections should be a priority for Congress. It cuts across party lines, with 79% of Democratic voters, 70% of independent voters, and 83% of Republican voters.

The POLITICO / Morning Consult poll was conducted from October 22 to 24 among 1,999 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Last week, Democrats again failed to push through voting rights legislation after Senate Republicans obstructed the freedom to vote law and despite the efforts of Senator Joe Manchin (DW .Va.) To compromise with the Republicans on the bill. The bill would have made election day a national holiday, set standards for voter identification laws, expanded the ability to vote by mail, and curbed partisan gerrymandering.

Gidley’s group, the Center for Election Integrity, are among conservative groups working on electoral reforms with lawmakers, businesses and state-level advocacy groups to try to resolve issues and concerns about the proceedings to vote. The center published a list of the “25 Best Common Sense Reforms for Election Integrity in States” which includes verified voter identification, uniform counting procedures and postal ballot reforms.

There are cases of bipartisan work on the issue. Earlier this year, Kentucky passed bipartisan legislation that expanded early voting and implemented new voting measures that were passed by the Republican-qualified legislature and signed by Democratic Governor Andy Beshear.

Kentucky Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams, who testified before the Senate on Tuesday and said disinformation is the most serious threat to the electoral system, attributed his success to working with a Democratic governor in s ‘ensuring that their messages were in sync.

“Having both sides at the table meant his concerns about access and my concerns about security were all addressed,” Adams said. “This is the biggest mistake Republicans in state legislatures and Democrats make in Congress. When you do this on the basis of one party, the other thinks that you are trying to cheat them, and you cannot do politics that way.


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