The insurrection —in effect, an attempted coup— on January 6 was about the vote. It was about nullifying a historic majority of voters across the country, and a sizable victory in the Electoral College. It is not a coincidence that to a person, almost all of the rioters were white. When Trump exhorted “make America great again,” the implications were as subtle as a sledgehammer to the head. He was thinking of a time when Black people and other racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, as well as women, didn’t occupy the corridors of power in any large numbers. He was yearning for an America when many Black people couldn’t vote in practice, no matter what the Constitution said.
In the wake of Trump’s loss, and particularly the stunning senate races in Georgia, it is not surprising that Republicans in many states (especially Georgia) would turn back to sweeping voter suppression efforts.
Never mind that actual cases of “voter fraud,” which they sought out to undermine the legitimacy of the election, proved to be virtually non-existent —notable considering the number of votes cast.