Trump Declares Election Victory During Pre-Dawn Easter Meltdown

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Ex-President Donald Trump is apparently not about to let his absence from Twitter stop him from showing off his disconnection from reality to the world. On Sunday — Easter, a prominent holiday for his many (right-wing) Christian supporters (in addition to left-leaning Christians etc. of course) — Trump released a statement through his Save America Political Action Committee reiterating his false claim that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. Is there anything at all that Trump is unwilling to usurp for his personal ends?

As Trump put it:

‘Happy Easter to ALL, including the Radical Left CRAZIES who rigged our Presidential Election, and want to destroy our Country!’

Trump is not a serious person in the sense that he’s consistently just not in touch with substantively meaningful reality. The falsity of Trump’s rigged election claims has been well-documented by authorities at virtually all meaningful levels of government across the United States. Trump brought a slew of lawsuits hoping to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, and he never got anywhere near actually accomplishing this goal, as no court anywhere ever even partly accepted the idea that fraud was responsible for Biden’s win. Trump is still off in this delusional fantasyland anyway, and Republicans are, for the most part, right there with him.

If they get this issue of fundamental reality so wrong, then why should pretty much anyone take Republicans seriously on pretty much any other issue? They’re just not operating in good faith. The institutions of the Republican Party are chock full of opportunistic liars who, as a recent report from The New York Times reveals, don’t apparently have much of a problem with scamming their supporters out of millions of dollars.

In the 2020 election cycle, the Trump campaign used pre-checked boxes on its fundraising forms that set up additional recurring donations unless they were un-checked. One iteration of one of the boxes featured nine lines of bold text before the notice — which wasn’t bold — that a recurring donation would be set up. Republicans ended up refunding over $64 million amidst a volley of complaints about the frequently unexpected recurring charges to donors’ accounts.