Trump’s Wild Ride: Defending His 2020 Fraud Claims with Fringe Jan. 6 Theories
Since his defeat in the 2020 election, former POTUS Donald Trump has been seeking to invalidate the results of the election in what he and his supporters see as massive fraud. However, when a careful review of the election results showed no evidence of fraud, Trump and his allies have turned to fringe Jan 6 theories to support their objective. Trump’s legal team is attempting to prove that the election results were manipulated by claiming that fraud occurred when a small number of votes were cast illegally on January 6, 2021, the day Congress was scheduled to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Prime among their claims is that the election should be overturned based on discrepancies found in the vote tallies that had been certified in battleground states, particularly Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. At the heart of this is the belief that a “stolen” election took place on January 6 when votes were cast illegally, thereby rendering the results of the election invalid and allowing Trump to challenge the election and win it for himself. The problem is that no fraud has been uncovered to explain such an event. In response, Trump and his allies have relied on fringe theories circulating in alternative media outlets and on social media to try to make their case for overturning the election results. The most commonly perpetuated of these false claims involve the assertion that a “massive” voter fraud operation involving mail-in ballots was orchestrated by a cabal of political operatives and government officials. Another allegation revolves around the claim that the machines used to count the votes were rigged to manipulate the outcome. Finally, there is the suggestion that a foreign power or other malicious actor was responsible for manipulating the result. While these fringe theories have initially been used by Trump supporters to explain away the election defeat, the reality is these claims are not rooted in fact. The election results were certified by all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and numerous recounts conducted in battleground states confirmed the validity of the results. Furthermore, multiple investigations into potential widespread fraud did not yield any evidence of major malfeasance or coordination to overthrow the result. At the end of the day, the 2020 election was free and fair, and President Biden won the electoral college vote with a significant margin. Thus, Donald Trump’s desperate attempts to cling to power by relying on fringe Jan 6 theories to back his claims are nothing more than a desperate last-ditch effort to challenge the valid outcome of the election.