The 2020 presidential election will always be remembered for The Big Lie, the one that says that Donald Trump actually won the election but it was stolen from him by Democrats, Republican secretaries of state, election workers, a vote tabulating machine company, Italy, and the long-dead president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. Of course, none of that is true, but it incited an insurrection and made Trump a lot of money.
In addition, it’s turned the Republican Party into a joke filled with election deniers. In fact, GOP candidates who deny the election fraud claims are highly unlikely to be elected if they dare to challenge those claims. In a party where Donald Trump retains a strong grip, Republicans are losing all credibility. A group of prominent conservatives, made up in part of lawyers and judges, are trying to change that by releasing a report called “Lost, Not Stolen” to refute Trump’s election fraud claims.
According to CNN:
‘The report, “LOST, NOT STOLEN: The Conservative Case that Trump Lost and Biden Won the 2020 Presidential Election,” looked at more than 60 court cases Trump and his supporters filed and lost in six key battleground states. It reached the “unequivocal” conclusion that the former Republican president’s claims were unsupportable — which Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security as well as election officials nationwide debunked days after the 2020 election.’
Group of prominent conservatives issues report slamming Trump election claims
"To have 30% of the country lack faith in election results based on unsubstantiated claims of a stolen election is not sustainable in democracy" https://t.co/JFa4cSByBK
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) July 14, 2022
The report individually looks at the court cases behind Trump’s lie, filed in actual courtrooms in the United States by the likes of Rudy Giuliani and Sydney Powell. Each is thoroughly debunked in what comes as absolutely no surprise to any rational person.
The report says that:
‘Of the 64 cases brought by Trump and his supporters, twenty were dismissed before a
hearing on the merits, fourteen were voluntarily dismissed by Trump and his supporters before a hearing on the merits, and 30 cases included a hearing on the merits. Only in one Pennsylvania case involving far too few votes to overturn the results did Trump and his supporters prevail.’
He knew he’d lost the election by 7 million votes and 306-232 in the Electoral College, but Donald Trump continued to use his Big Lie to incite the mob to storm the Capitol on January 6.
We can’t allow power-mad demagogues and violent mobs to destroy our democracy. pic.twitter.com/1K8BRhRX4d
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) July 14, 2022
The report concludes that, of all the cases filed, not a single one holds up under scrutiny. In a desperate bid to restore some faith in elections, not to mention their longtime chosen party, the group of conservatives reasserted several times that not a single case argued by Trump’s band of merry misfit lawyers is true.
‘To have 30 percent of the country lack faith in election results based on unsubstantiated claims of a “stolen” election is not sustainable in a democracy, and it discredits the political party making those charges. We hope that setting out the full record in this Report will help restore faith in the reliability of our elections.’
Trump's false claims of election fraud debunked by new conservative-led report https://t.co/wKwAs5FbwZ
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) July 14, 2022