Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ was bigger than just a stolen election

February 12, 2021 ☼ trumplieselections

Source: The Washington Post

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Often left unsaid in their telling, though, is that the “Big Lie” wasn’t just about a stolen election; it was also about how it might be taken back.

Over and over again, Trump and his allies pushed far-flung, doomed and legally specious efforts to overturn the election they claimed had been stolen. They said GOP state legislatures could change the results, including by designating their own competing electors. They claimed judges hadn’t actually ruled on the merits of their claims, when in fact they had. They assured not only that the Supreme Court had the power to tell states how run their elections, but suggested that it would soon intervene. And toward the end, they advanced a desperate, last-ditch attempt to get Vice President Mike Pence to unilaterally throw the election to Trump.

This is so insidious. The damage will be very hard to repair. The current crop of “restoring faith in the system” legislation does so by methods that will significantly suppress legitimate voting.