“In our experience, these electoral officials never intend to count invalid votes, or to admit someone who is not eligible to vote, or to prevent someone who is eligible to vote from voting, ”a Texas county electoral administrator told the New York Times. “However, we see this as sort of a rationale in some of the bills that are being drafted. And I don’t know where it’s from because it’s not based on reality. “[Raises hand]
I know where it comes from! A poisonous combination of long-standing Republican efforts to gain a partisan advantage by making it hard to vote and Donald Trump’s insistence that there was no way he could have lost the 2020 election without widespread cheating.
The same poll by CBS News, in which 47% of Republicans said they believe their party should win by changing state voting rules, found that only 37% said it was very important that Republican candidates and officials be support claims of 2020 election fraud – but 80% said it was the right move for Republicans in the House to remove MP Liz Cheney from their leadership when her great sin refused to do so. She was not on message with the party, said 69% of those who agreed to her removal. They were wrong in the 2020 elections, said 57%. She didn’t support Trump, 52% said. And a very honest 34% said, “Infidelity is punished.”
Two out of three Republicans told the pollster that loyalty to Trump was important. Even larger majorities said the party should follow suit on economic issues, immigration issues, leadership and in dealing with the media. In other words, the 73% who said they wanted their party to propose important laws either lied or didn’t know about Trump’s records because he was never a big law guy.
This is a case where polls are interesting, but we have to be ready to examine what people and parties are saying and what they are doing. Saying that you want your party to propose important laws and win votes by getting more votes with politics and ideas are things that everyone knows to say – but the latter position hardly the majority of can Getting Republicans out as their state. The legislature at the highest level makes it clear through its actions that the strategy of winning is about making voting so difficult that blacks and Latinos as well as Asians, young people and people with low incomes are disproportionately affected.
And the numbers that show just how important Republicans are to personal loyalty to Trump? These show what has become of their party: a personality cult that revolves around an authoritarian would-be dictator. When what people say and what they do fall apart, believe what they do.