Remember when voters who supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election went on to claim that then-President Donald Trump was not their president?
The same situation is evolving now among those who supported Trump in the 2020 race, according to the Washington Times. A recent poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows a staggering two-thirds of Republican voters believe that President Joe Biden was not legitimately elected.
Why Do So Many Think That?
In the weeks leading up to the 2020 election, Trump warned his supporters that shady things could happen with expanded mail-in voting and other election procedure changes, which Democrats pushed for in 2020, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. Even at that time, Trump and his supporters were quite confident in his ability to secure victory.
But that all changed when the vote tallies poured in on election night and for the remainder of that week, as it looked increasingly bad for Trump’s chances at securing reelection. Because of that, the former president used his massive platform in both the traditional media and in social media to claim that the election had been “rigged” and “stolen” from him.
Given that Trump had tens of millions of supporters at the time coupled with the fact that he was, after all, the president, they believed him when he said the election wasn’t conducted fairly.
Out of the gate, many of those in the legal profession working directly for Trump and some third party attorneys fighting in his name claimed for weeks that they had smoking gun-level evidence to prove that the election was rigged and that Biden cheated. Of course, none of that panned out as many wanted it to, but the plot was already strong enough that it didn’t seem to matter.
The idea seemed plausible enough that millions of Americans, once again, believed the authority figures who said the election was a sham. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a vast majority — 65 percent — of Republican voters feel to this day that Biden is not their legitimate president.
Other Polling Data
According to the Associated Press, a large pool of Republican respondents in the survey also believe that Trump shouldn’t be convicted in his upcoming Senate impeachment trial, which is set to begin on February 9.
One of the more interesting data points in the survey was that less than half of all voters — 47 percent — believe Trump should be convicted in the impeachment trial, which was a result of House Democrats filing a single article of impeachment against him for his alleged role in inciting the January 6 Capitol riot.
The results that are especially interesting is the fact that about two-thirds of American voters feel like Trump bears at least a moderate level of responsibility for the events that led to the Capitol riots, but with less than half pushing for a conviction signals that Americans seem ready to move on.
Other than a handful of vague comments about Trump’s impeachment situation, Biden has remained mostly quiet on the matter as his administration focuses on securing confirmations, reversing Trump’s MAGA policies, and pushing the leftist agenda.
Though many Republican voters will fight it tooth-and-nail and as much of a bummer as it is for America’s future, the sad fact is that Biden is, in fact, the president and short of Vice President Kamala Harris taking over, that’s how it’s going to be until we get a chance to kick him out in 2024.