For the past several months, the Republican Party has consistently pushed the narrative that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against Donald Trump. Most media pundits have insisted that this was somehow going to hurt the Democrats, because that kind of doomsday fear mongering scares people into staying tuned in, and gives the media the ratings it needs.
But Palmer Report keeps pointing out that the Republicans are only still pushing the “Big Lie” because they’re trying to appease the hurt feelings of Donald Trump, and they’re trying to keep him from lashing out at them ahead of the 2022 election cycle. If anything, by pushing the narrative that the 2020 election was rigged against Trump, the Republicans are merely telling Trump supporters that there’s no point in bothering to vote in future elections, because it’s magically rigged against their party anyway.
Sure enough, we’re now seeing that begin to happen already. Earlier this week a special election for the U.S. House in New Mexico saw the Democratic candidate not only win, but expand the winning margin by a whopping eight points over that same House race in 2020.
Now Republican officials are admitting that part of the reason for the Republican candidate’s underperformance is that too many Republican voters stayed home because they’re now convinced that elections are rigged against their party anyway. In other words, it’s exactly what we said would happen. This one wasn’t even difficult to see coming.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report