Trump seems intent on not admitting that he lost the election. He seems doubly intent on ignoring the fact that he will lose the election by slightly more than the electoral college margin by which he defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 — while also losing the popular vote by twice that election’s margin.
Instead of accepting the plain reality staring him in the face, Trump insists there has been widespread voter fraud, while providing zero compelling evidence.
He’s been peppering his base with voter fraud allegations for years (remember his shameless lie about caravans of illegal 2016 voters in New Hampshire?). And the president spent months pre-emptively subverting public confidence in the election to keep his base exorcised if he were to lose (which he has, decisively).
Meanwhile, the facts are not in Trump’s favor. The right-wing Heritage Foundation tried to prove an epidemic of voter fraud in the US and came up with 1,298 cases of alleged election misconduct. But that was spread out over 36 years and 1,826,807,464 ballots. Heritage effectively proved voter fraud is a negligible issue.
And in a joint statement by the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council Executive Committee and Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council, the non-partisan government election watchdogs stated plainly: “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history,” the agencies declared.
Republicans refuse to push back
But all that “evidence” is just Deep State hooey to the “very stable genius” in the White House. Trump still won’t accept the message that he’s been fired — with good cause — by the American people.
The president’s disdain for the will of the people goes hand in glove with his idealization of “tough” authoritarian tactics and “strong” authoritarian leaders. Trump’s never going to be a dictator, but when it comes down to it, he’s just not that into democracy.
Also not being much of a reader or law-abider, it’s conceivable that Trump may legitimately not know he can’t illegally occupy the White House after January. And most of his fellow Republicans don’t seem inclined to tell him, so they’re sitting back while he smashes the retweet button on every berserk internet fabrication that comes across his screen.