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Something you may have heard once or twice over the past 15 months is that Donald Trump thinks he won the last presidential election. “This is a fraud on the American public,” he declared in the wee hours of November 4, 2020, after his lead in various battleground states began to shrink. “This is an embarrassment to this country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election.” This, of course, was a bald-faced lie. At that point, Trump hadn’t won anything because not all of the votes had been counted; later, when they were, it was clear that Joe Biden had prevailed.
However, that inconvenient fact obviously didn’t stop Trump from attempting to prevent Biden from moving into the White House, a campaign that included pressuring the Justice Department to investigate an insane claim that Italian satellites changed Trump ballots to Biden ones, exploring seizing voting machines, and inciting an insurrection that left five people dead. Nor has he been deterred by the fact that there continues to be not one shred of evidence that the 2020 election was plagued by voter fraud. Even the reality that, on January 20, 2021, Joe Biden became president, and has been doing the job ever since, has failed to dissuade him.
If anything, Trump has only gone further off the deep end, ranting about the election having been stolen, a place of madness that led him, on Tuesday, to demand that his former vice president be investigated for refusing to stop the certification of Biden’s win.
In a characteristically febrile, grammatically offensive statement disseminated on Twitter, Trump once again claimed that Mike Pence “had this right” to change the outcome of the election, and that “the Unselect Committee should be investigating…why Mike Pence did not send back the votes for recertification or approval.” (As an aside, he boldly asserted that if Nancy Pelosi had “taken my recommendation and substantially increased security” at the Capitol, “there would have been no ‘January 6’ as we know it,” which is extremely rich given that the man insisted to his millions of supporters that the election had been stolen from him, held a “Stop the Steal” rally just before the certification of the Electoral College votes, and told them to “fight” on his behalf.)
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