What If All Our Next Elections Are Deemed Fraudulent? Do Most Republicans Think So? Do Midterms Now Mandate A Single Issue Vote?

By Donald A. Collins | 19 September 2022
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After Trump’s persistent continuing false claims of election fraud, a high percentage of his GOP backers still believe and can’t be dissuaded.

The September 19th page one Washington Post article “Will GOP hopefuls reject result?” presents a frightening possibility that such widespread behaviors could be fatal to the historically successful voting system.

“Candidates on close races remain silent” but “Most Democrats accept election outcomes” the Post reports.

Read here the broad threat posed by this Trump assault on our voting system.

And the blatant hypocrisy of probably most GOP candidates running as this quote from the above article discloses:

Just because candidates declined to confirm they will accept the results does not mean they will follow Trump’s lead and try to challenge them. Republicans seeking to curry favor with their party’s base may see a benefit in leaving the question open.

Don Bolduc, who won the Republican Senate primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday, ran as a far-right Trump allegiant who embraced the former president’s unfounded claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

During an August primary debate, when asked whether he could “conclusively say who won the 2020 election” the retired brigadier general pointed to an open letter he signed in 2021 that warned, among other things, that “election irregularities” in 2020 were ignored.

“I signed a letter with 120 other generals and admirals saying that Trump won the election, and, damn it, I stand by my letter,” he said. “I’m not switching horses, baby. This is it.”

But days after his win, Bolduc performed a dramatic about-face.

“I’ve done a lot of research on this, and I’ve spent the past couple weeks talking to Granite Staters all over the state from every party, and I have come to the conclusion — and I want to be definitive on this — the election was not stolen,” Bolduc said in an interview on Fox News.

“Elections have consequences, and, unfortunately, President Biden is the legitimate president of this country,” he said.

Bolduc’s campaign is among those that did not respond when asked whether he would accept the results of his own election. The Democratic incumbent, Sen. Maggie Hassan, said in an email that “yes,” she would accept the results of her election and “no,” there were no circumstances that would lead her not to.”

This to me again will make this voting issue the single most important issue in the upcoming midterms for any voter from either party who cares about our democracy continuing as it has since its founding in 1791.

GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and most other GOP elected officials would prefer not to mention Trump’s clearly false position. But McConnell has clearly stated that Biden won.

For an excellent perspective on the current situation as well as a resume of the history of US voter fraud also read this article which tells us “Claims of voter fraud, old as the republic, still work as weapons for Trump” but certainly not as “successful”!

Indeed, Trump’s claim is the most “successful” use of this insidious lie as an attempt to fraudulently claim victory since his initial use has now morphed into creation of a large cult of believers who can’t be dissuaded regardless of what proven facts are shown to them.

Whether the threat of their winning on that key issue or as the result of other non-GOP believers joining them to take control of Congress this November is now uncertain.

This dangerous possibility now makes the midterms a one issue election. Do we keep our democracy or not? Folks, it’s up to you!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote” and “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”.

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