Life has its many mysteries. Some are probably never going to be solved; others at a future date may be solved, or if not that, at least better understood. Here is one: “Three months after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to try to overturn his November election loss, about half of Republicans believe the siege was largely a non-violent protest or was the handiwork of left-wing activists “trying to make Trump look bad, . . .”
Here’s another great mystery: “Six in 10 Republicans also believe the false claim put out by Trump that November’s presidential election “was stolen” from him due to widespread voter fraud . . . .”
Unfortunately, with respect to the raid on the Capitol on June 6, 2021, we are simply told not to believe what our eyes told us and that it was non violent. Nor are we to believe that all the folk who have been arrested, 400 so far, were Trump supporters.
What is wrong with Republicans that so many believe blatant falsehoods. The only basis upon which their belief stands is that Trump has told them what to believe so they twist themselves into such states that make pretzels look like straight lines trying to support Trump’s version of things. Sadly, they are supporting an irrational guy who likes to make false predictions of political races.
Do you remember when Obama beat Romney that Trump claimed voting machines wiped out votes for Romney? He did the same thing this year claiming the voting machines did the same thing against him even in the face of paper ballots that validated the voting machine totals.
Do you remember what Trump said in a series of tweets after the 2012 Obama victory. “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy” . . . “We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!” . . . “Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.” . . . “This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!” . . . “Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble…like never before.”. . . ““Our nation is a once great nation divided!”
Sound familiar? It was reported that initially Trump believed Romney had more votes. In tweets he deleted he said about Obama: “He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!” He also said: “More votes equals a loss … revolution!” Trump always lost more votes than his opponent so he changed his tune to fit his circumstances.
On October 26 before the election Trump was saying if he lost the election was rigged. In other words he should have been declared the winner before the election started.
The one thing Trump predicted right was that the nation was divided. But one other thing I am sure that he never in his longest days would have believed that there were so many saps in the Republican Party who would believe that: despite losing the Electoral College Vote, the Popular Vote, and over 60 times in court challenging the election, he won the election.
The bottom line is that for these Republicans the election was unnecessary. They believed Trump the winner before the first vote was cast. There was nothing that could change their minds. Oh sweet mysteries of life that there are so many Americans who would forfeit their democracy so easily.