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Polls show that more than two-thirds of GOP voters believe the 2020 election was neither free nor fair.

11/24/2020 3:30:00 PM

Polls show that more than two-thirds of GOP voters believe the 2020 election was neither free nor fair.

Trump’s unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud threaten the integrity of democracy, election officials and experts warn.

These attacks on election officials and the voting process also give politicians dangerous grounds to reject unfavorable election outcomes, said Justin Levitt, associate dean for research at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and a former U.S. Department of Justice senior voting rights official in the Obama administration. This assault on democracy, he said, goes well beyond previous norms around asking for a recount or contesting a limited number of ballots.

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It’s already happening. Republican candidates who lost congressional and gubernatorial races in several states, echoing the president, refused to concede after their races were called, claiming without evidence there was massive voter fraud. Republicans who have yet to concede include Maryland U.S. House candidate Kimberly Klacik, Michigan U.S. Senate candidate John James and Washington gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp.

“We have to have the possibility of losing a fair election for our democracy to work,” Levitt said. “If the only possibilities going into an election are, ‘We won or it was stolen,’ that’s not a democracy anymore.”Multiple recent polls showthat most Republican voters do not trust the results of the election. One Morning Consult poll conducted Nov. 13-16 found 7 in 10 Republicans say the election was not free and fair, nearly twice the share who said the same just before the election. headtopics.com

“This is further convincing [Trump’s] supporters that the election was somehow stolen or rigged despite all the available evidence to the contrary,” said Richard L. Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine. This political effort, he said, may lead some voters to never accept Biden’s presidency and will further undermine confidence in the democratic process.

The Trump campaign and the White House did not respond to requests for comment.'Special jeopardy':100 former Republican national security officials warn Trump must allow transitionFollowing in Trump's leadTrump has spent much of his presidency assailing elections, including his own 2016 victory when he lost the popular vote.

These broadsides from the president came as national security officials warned that Russia and other bad actors were trying to divide Americans through disinformation.Trump’s attacks ramped up as states and localities this year increased access to mail-in voting as a safety precaution in the middle of a global pandemic. His rhetoric forced many local election officials, including those in the president’s party, to push back against the idea that voting by mail was insecure.

Since the election was called, the president has taken his grievances to court, on Twitter (which has labeled many of his tweets as false) and within his own administration, firing the nation’s top election security official, Christopher Krebs, who had declared the election “the most secure in American history.” headtopics.com

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Federal cases in states such as Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania do not include enough votes to reverse Biden’s victories in those states, nor have Trump’s attorneys presented any substantive evidence of widespread election fraud, Hasen said. In many of the more than two dozen lawsuits filed in state and federal court, judges have offered scathing rebukes of the claims.

Some GOP leaders, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, have urged the president and his allies to recognize Biden’s win and move on for the sake of the party and the country’s faith in democracy. But Trump’s actions have, for the most part, gone unchecked or even encouraged by members of his party.

Ten Republican state attorneys general filed amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Trump’s legal effort to challenge the extension of mail-in votes in Pennsylvania, while Republican lawmakers in Michigan and Pennsylvania launched investigations of the 2020 election.

Republican election board members in Wayne County, Michigan, initially refused to certify election results for Detroit, saying they had concerns about irregularities. After a widespread outcry from voters and state officials, who called it a blatantly political move, the Republican members reversed course and certified the results. That changed shortly after, when, following a call with Trump, the two Republican members asked to rescind their votes. Later, Trump invited top Michigan Republican lawmakers to the White House. headtopics.com

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The faces of the very STUPID...keep them stupid. Keep them poor and keep them uneducated... the theme of Trump and the rest of the Repulsive Republicans CRYBABIES! I'm an election official in Wisconsin and I'll retire before I run another presidential election. Especially if Trump runs again. When I explain the layers of protection against fraud built into the system plus the of people it'd take to pull it off-they won't believe me, crazy

They also believe windmills cause cancer 🤷‍♂️ I'M SURE THAT IF DESPERATE DON WOULD'VE WON THEY WOULD'VE SAID THAT EVERY VOTE WAS LEGAL AND THE WHOLE ELECTION WAS DONE RIGHT! Stupid people ! Trumpians I too thought it was 'unfair' when I found out that their was no such thing as a Santa Clause🤷🏾‍♀️ 😅😆🤣😅😆🤣

Other polls say who cares biden for 4 At least 150 million Americans are stupid as F. Should not be associate with America, too stupid to be developed. Isn't that usually what the people who lose say...... Lol!!! Twitter denies October surprise All you can do is vote and accept the results. They are crazy

hey jlawrence way more than that! They are nuts Sounds about right. That's Trump's base for you. What and whose polls? Need juuust a little more info. How many, where conducted, ages, race etc. Little things like that 🤔 I feel bad for those who fell into the propaganda that the Trump cronies fed to so many. The voters who believed in the untruths now don’t trust anyone

Four years ago. Two-thirds of GOP voters are in denial and/or idiots This is incredibly dangerous. All those that keep saying 'trump has the right to make sure the election was fair' need to come out and say 'after several recounts and audits, it was PROVEN the election was fair'. And this needs to be loudest from Fox News. It won't save everyone.

Similar study found 2/3 of GOP is eSilly manipulated!!! Wow...finally...an almost accurate poll, but bet it’s closer to 100%. Idiots Idiots! So sad. Keine schlechte Idee, nachzuforschen, warum es so viele Unregelmäßigkeiten bei der Präsidentenwahl gegeben hat. Schönen Abend! Same people who believe the earth is flat.

They prefer a lie over the truth. Truth always prevails! Bye Trump!!! Be sure and include the closing: “this is the rabbit hole that racist, willful ignorance leads to”. And then please stop writing about these assholes. It’s been 4 yrs. of their stupidity. Enough.... They can move to North Korea they don’t vote there!

You better go for vote count. Republican 100 lawyer, 1000 pull watcher is there to count money or vote. How much money you got to hold the banner. That’s because they lost sad that an ego has caused mistrust in the Democratic process. Also known as sore losers. Polls also show that they are a bunch of hypocrites who called democrats “sore losers” last election when there WAS indications of Russian meddling in the election. Now they cry because they obviously lost.

'You can fool half of the people, all of the time.' And most of us believe trump got help from Putin . Racist are mad their corrupt leader didn't win and was out voted fair and square, GAME OVER, our new POTUS JoeBiden wins and KamalaHarris is our new Vice President, so suck it up and get over it And two-thirds of the GOP can keep crying for 4 years! Ha....

Based on what ? First Trump told us voting by mail was illegal (It Wasn’t) Then when he finds that did not work ! Installs new USP Service CEO who slows the mail, then says if he loses it was rigged (polls said he would lose) Then cry’s fraud election! The man is insane and fraudulent Clown! Losers never like to accept the facts.

I would like to call them stupid Americans Except their not acting like Americans who believe in democracy It is not a football game people. Let’s just call them stupid and un Americans How dumb are the people ignoring the Virus in an out of control Pandemic? Americans doing the worst in cases and deaths per populations as they believe no person should have their freedom taken! Countries who invoked laws and distancing now on have low or no cases

Shows exactly who votes for Trump! Red Neck losers, Gun loving white supremacy movement, low iQ non readers, Hillbillies, uneducated easily manipulated! That’s why Trump chose to be a Republican when he nominated himself! Too many intellectuals on the Democratic side! Of course they don’t. They’re sore losers!

Yep. Too many minority citizens were allowed to vote, and have their ballots counted. Trump is still your president What makes GOP voters so susceptible to disinformation and conspiracy theories? Two thirds of the GOP voters? Who cares what the sore losers think. Move on to something relevant! Yes, but then they think Trump is sane also. No a good sign for a party.

There is an easy solution to this. National vote id laws with assistance to those who are somehow managing to go through life without ever obtaining an ID. Arrest the vote counters.....but why. 45 MINIONS will do anything for him....just give him yall money DUMMIES Majority of Democrats would have believed Trump won reelection with Russian help.

I see signs holding zealots! TrumpTheFool TrumpMeltdown TrumpConcede Why do these people think their vote is more valuable or powerful than my vote? Can Biden sit down at ease with the stolen presidency? Are you looking for lead generation service to develop your business? Check Hare, I will provide for this service: -

“Polls”.......😂.......if you still believe in polls you are a true sucker. Maybe they should do their research and stay off of conspiracy theory sites and stop reading face book memes . It was a joke 'arrest the people who didn't make my paracosm reality!!!' voting is trying to force your will on others in a free country, so correct, it was neither 'free' nor fair.

If they had brains to begin with, they wouldn’t be voting Trump It's a shame to see those paranoïds free to tell lies, and really not fair. Kind of reminds you of 2016 doesn’t it? What Planet are these people on? They’re been Conned by Trump into Doubting America’s Democracy. FFS! Wake Up, People! They needed more flags and boat parades.

Hey Trumpers, voting is a waste of time. Stay home and watch Fox News in coming elections. Cult of Personality I'm wondering...what these GOP voters have in their brains.?🤔 So the remaining third, all democrats and independent believe it was fair elections then we should give it a rest and stop babysitting grown up people who did not like to lose. Give us a break

Cult mob Did anyone interview the person who so lovingly penned the 'ARREST THE VOTE COUNTERS' sign? Probably took 'em all morning & maybe a trip to the school supply aisle... After 4 years of Trump hate bias, MSM has no credibility on anything touching the subject. Unfortunately that includes And these GOP voters who see fraud because Trump lost are also flat-Earthers.

They should stay home next time in protest Because they lost Two out of three Democrats also claim Russia tampered with vote tallies on Election Day to help the President – something for which there has been no credible evidence. Because GOP voters are genetically stupid. The kids that got a participation trophy are grown up now.

Howling at the moon. Because They Cheated! Why do you think Biden And Harris hid? Because they knew the plan all along. CHEATED ! The Crowds, People, for Trump are undeniable and the honest VOTEs. It should go to the Supreme Court. What is it there for? The REPUBLICAN BASE OF DEPLORABLES Ignorant morons! Why so? Have NO college degrees. If they had college degrees,wasted education.Worst parents to bring up kids to learn how to distinguish facts from fiction, and hard evidence from gossips. Feel sorry for their children.

Hello, please check out my gig if you need any kind of graphic design. To every GOP voter who thinks the election was rigged.... PROVE IT! PROVE IT! PROVE IT.. no proof? Now.. go and make your communities better. Help the poor.. take care of your families. Stop the hate and live! Hillary still thinks she won and so does Stacey Abrams, talk about two dummies.

Impartial observers (not interested in Biden or Trump)register the: US🇺🇸elections system as imperfect. With not clear technicalities&a poor management of irregularities in unified terms in all states. With unanswer questions for many Democrats& Republicans Improvements necessary. They believe anything he spews out of his mouth. According to them if he says it, it has to be true. He knows this. He started this lie months ago bcz he knew he wasn’t going to win. He lost straight up.

That is because it wasn’t LOL Biden from his basement got more votes then Obama. Trump events were 10,000’s of people 3-4x per day 7 days a week in all states . It looks like Trump lost says nobody but fake media that have been exposed over the past 4 years as being wrong on everything. I'm still surprised at how many people can't think for themselves. Do no research, just believe anything. Dumb.

Denial. Trump bitches still crying? Bendito. They're right. The GOP spent 10s of millions disenfranchising voters. It has then spent 10s of millions more trying to have legitimate votes thrown out. SHEEP!!!! Fox News destroys the brain. They should cry more. It's all about them.. I just don't understand. How can you NOT see he's lying and has been lying for the last 4 years. He says he did something and never delivers but gets you to think he did. Example: Defunding Police. In his budget he cut $477 million from Police Depts but he's for the Police.

So what, it is what it is. Move on Is this the beginning of the End ?- China must be laughing at how Dumb America has become. Banana republic. Sheesh, how low do you need to go........ With a margin of error of +/- 350%. Pic looks shopped. For them, it would have only been fair it DonTheCon won !! He LOST...It was a LANDSLIDE...👏👏👏👏👏

Wow, one-third of GOP voters believe the 2020 election was free and fair? Sanity still alive! No election is wholly free or fair. There has been some degree of voter fraud/suppression/interference in probably every election since, well, ever. The grapes are so sour. They're right. The GOP spent 10s of millions disenfranchising voters. It has then spent 10s of millions more trying to have legitimate votes thrown out.

95% only bad news( Most of them also believe the earth is flat Sore losers... that is what I have to call these people. Very sore losers.