Trump supporters have proudly announced that they would support a terrible undermining of democracy if Trump proposed it.
For years, the Republicans have blamed their losses on voter fraud. They claim that people are either voting on behalf of dead relatives, voting on behalf of fictional characters, or, the ever popular target, that millions of illegal immigrants are voting.
Of course, these claims aren’t even remotely true and have been disproven many times, but that doesn’t stop Trump or his supporters from shouting about them.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
But, if they were promised that these pretend issues would just disappear, how far would his followers go in dismantling democracy? The answer, so far that it’s terrifying.
What’s Happening Now:
The Washington Post recently conducted a study that set out to determine how far the Republican’s devotion towards Trump really is, and if they’d be willing to sell out their values if he asked them to.
From The Washington Post:
The survey interviewed a sample of 1,325 Americans from June 5 through 20. Respondents were recruited from the Qualtrics online panel who had previously reported identifying with or leaning toward one of the two major parties. We focus on the 650 respondents who identify with or lean toward the Republican Party. The sample has been weighted to match the population in terms of sex, age, race, and education.
After a series of initial questions, respondents were asked whether Trump won the popular vote, whether millions of illegal immigrants voted, and how often voter fraud occurs. These questions evoke arguments frequently made by Trump and others about the integrity of the 2016 election.
Then the survey asked two questions about postponing the 2020 election.
- If Donald Trump were to say that the 2020 presidential election should be postponed until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote, would you support or oppose postponing the election?
- What if both Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress were to say that the 2020 presidential election should be postponed until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote? Would you support or oppose postponing the election?
According to their study, about HALF of Republicans think Trump won the popular vote, and they would support postponing the 2020 election if Trump supported it. The Washington Post went on:
Nearly half of Republicans (47 percent) believe that Trump won the popular vote, which is similar to this finding. Larger fractions believe that millions of illegal immigrants voted (68 percent) and that voter fraud happens somewhat or very often (73 percent). Again, this is similar to previous polls.
Moreover, 52 percent said that they would support postponing the 2020 election, and 56 percent said they would do so if both Trump and Republicans in Congress proposed this.
For a party that acts like they’re the sole supporters of the Constitution, they sure like to undermine it when it fits their agenda.
H/T: The Washington Post