Ray Ahearn: Election truth deniers

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Published: 3/3/2021 3:04:30 PM

A Monmouth University poll released Jan. 25 found that fully 70% of Republicans still believe that Trump lost the 2020 election due to voter fraud. Among this group, one-third say they will never accept Biden as president.

One has to wonder how we got to this point where so many believe that Trump was a victim of a “Big Steal,” and what can be done about it? In part, we got there because these MAGA devotees were fed a ton of continuous lies and quack theories by Trump and GOP leaders about the election.

Some of the most common claims were that dead people, out-of-state residents, and non-citizens cast illegal ballots for Biden. A more extreme allegation involved rigged voting machinery flipping votes from Trump to Biden. While voter fraud has a long history in American politics, few have advanced such claims with as much frequency and little evidence as Trump did.

Suggestions abound on what needs to be done. These range from bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, which required the Federal Communications Commission to enforce some balance of opinion by broadcasters, to public education reforms, which would prioritize civics and critical thinking skills. Others have suggested new public relations efforts to counter the massive misinformation that is pedaled in many different media fora today.

While these proposals have merit, they also have little chance of swaying the minds of these election truth deniers in the short term. My suggestion is to try some reverse psychology. Accordingly, I say to these people that if Biden and the Democrats can (1) secretly infiltrate thousands of polling places and hoodwink hundreds of county election boards; (2) snooker the Department of Homeland Security into declaring that the 2020 election was the “most secure in American history;” (3) dupe 59 judges, many Republican-appointed, into rejecting all but one voter-fraud allegation lawsuit; and (4) do it all without springing one leak .... well isn’t that who we want to be running our country?

Ray Ahearn

Holyoke


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