Trump losing his SAG card probably will make little difference to him, although that puts him one rung below Reagan. The falsehood of 2020 election fraud will remain for years.
— WUSA9 (@wusa9) January 19, 2021
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) January 19, 2021
President Trump stands as a singular figure in American history for his willingness to entertain conspiracy theories from the Oval Office, and none has been more damaging or far reaching than his unsubstantiated claim that the 2020 election was rigged against him. One out of every three Americans believes that there was widespread fraud in the last presidential election, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, despite no evidence to support that view. Two in three Republicans believe so.The social conditions that brought so many people to believe the falsehoods Trump has told about the election and a litany of other issues took root decades before he became a political figure and will extend far beyond the four years of his administration, according to scholars of disinformation and conspiratorial thinking.
“What’s unique about Donald Trump is that he took advantage of this widespread distrust of government and media to say everyone is lying to you except for me. We have never had a president so devoted to spreading disinformation and trying to overturn an election,” said Kathryn Olmsted, a historian at the University of California at Davis. “The people who stormed the Capitol are absolutely convinced that the election was stolen. They’re not being opportunistic; they really believe this. And all of the social science shows that if someone really believes a conspiracy theory, it is just about impossible to change their minds.”
— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@UROCKlive1) January 19, 2021
— Paul Passavant (@PPassavant) January 17, 2021
— Frances Townsend (@FranTownsend) January 19, 2021
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) January 19, 2021
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