Trump has no credibility when he claims the election was stolen — as a result of he at all times accuses opponents of dishonest
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Though the media took his denial of election actuality as a shock, President Donald Trump was by no means going to just accept the outcomes of this 12 months’s election except he was declared the winner. He mentioned so himself years in the past.
This is the elephant within the room, the indisputable fact that demolishes his credibility when he says he was truly reelected — and, by the way, the rationale why each he and the individuals backing his unprecedented post-election temper tantrum will likely be remembered by historical past as forever losers. Indeed, lengthy earlier than the 2020 election, Trump’s go-to response to even the potential for shedding any election has been to accuse the other side of cheating.
During the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, after he misplaced the Iowa caucuses to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, he claimed that he wasn’t truly defeated within the Hawkeye State as a result of Cruz “stole it.” He additionally argued that Cruz’s supposed “fraud” was so egregious that “either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.” Although he moved on from his claims about Cruz after he in the end received the GOP nomination, Trump accused Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton of doing dishonest issues “at many polling places” with out offering any proof. He repeatedly insisted that the election was “rigged” towards him, some extent that Clinton raised throughout one in all their debates when she noticed that he even accused the Emmys of being “rigged” towards him when he was snubbed for his work on “The Apprentice.” During that very same debate he refused to reply a query about whether or not he would settle for the 2016 election outcomes in the event that they went towards him, merely saying he would maintain America “in suspense” and “look at it at the time.” At an Ohio rally weeks before the election, Trump mentioned that he would solely settle for the outcomes of the upcoming election “if I win.”
Although Trump defeated Clinton due to his Electoral College victory (306 to 232 — at the very least earlier than certain electors defected — which coincidentally is similar margin by which he misplaced to former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020), he misplaced within the in style vote by 65.9 million votes (48.2%) to 63 million votes (46.1%). Once once more, he blamed fraud. He informed his supporters that “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” though he supplied no proof of any giant variety of individuals voting illegally, a lot much less the three million essential to account for his in style vote deficit. Trump ultimately created a voter fraud commission to look into the declare of unlawful voting, nevertheless it was disbanded after the members discovered no proof of widespread voter fraud.
Trump pulled the very same stunt in 2020. After getting himself impeached for attempting to stress Ukraine into smearing Biden, Trump discovered himself operating towards the previous vp anyway, and polls repeatedly confirmed Biden with a bonus over the incumbent. Because Biden voters had been disproportionately more likely to vote by mail because of the pandemic, Trump tried to preemptively solid doubt over the reliability of mail-in voting, regardless that his claims had been rejected in court and debunked by experts. This laid the groundwork for him to later declare that there have been “vote dumps” towards him throughout the 2020 election as a result of,