Opinion | The GOP’s past election lies led to Trump’s big one

May 13, 2021 ☼ gopliesvoting

Source: The Washington Post

Link: Opinion | The GOP’s past election lies led to Trump’s big one

But the fraudulent fraud claims didn’t go away. “The voter fraud lie was always there in rhetoric Republicans used during the Obama administration to push for measures like voter ID laws, but Trump took it to the next level,” Ari Berman, author of “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” told me. “Trump dramatically expanded, accelerated and weaponized the lies Republicans have always been telling about our elections and added the unprecedented element of trying to overturn the result.”

Limiting the franchise has been a core value of the GOP for the last 20-30 years or so. The whole fraud narrative finally gives them an excuse.