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Republicans must reject Trump’s election fraud nonsense – Press Enterprise


President Joe Biden is paying a heavy political price for reasons in and out of his control. If current trends hold, from supply-chain problems to inflation to an imploding domestic policy agenda, the midterm elections are looking good for Republicans — unless the GOP manages to shoot itself in the foot.

Cue former President Donald Trump.

As president, Trump managed to cost Republicans control of the House of Representatives, a Senate seat in Alabama for a period of time and two in Georgia on the way out. Now, he’s bent on helping the GOP shoot that metaphorical foot, or worse, heading into what should be a slam-dunk year for Republicans.

“If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ‘22 or ‘24,” the former president emailed to his supporters — not 10 months ago, but this past week.

The former president, in typical fashion, is once again asking his supporters to check their common sense and reason at the door, drink the Kool-Aid served up by fringe blogs and far-right news outlets, and buy in to the ridiculous conspiracy theory that election fraud deprived Trump of a second term.

Despite all 50 states, yes, even Republican-dominated ones, certifying their election results, and despite dozens of court rulings rejecting and dismissing legal challenges, Donald Trump wants his supporters to feed into his delusions and hurt GOP electoral prospects in the process.

Despite attorney Sidney Powell having to admit in court that “no reasonable person would conclude that the statements” in the past about the election being stolen with rigged computer systems “were truly statements of fact,” Trump is still peddling election lies.

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Despite his lies about election fraud spurring an insurrection at the Capitol and making him the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, Trump is appealing to Republicans to throw away their political power.

The Republican Party is supposed to be the party of limited government, defense of the Constitution, free markets and fiscal responsibility. It is not supposed to be the party of one man and his mania.

Now, Trump presents a false choice for Republicans: Indulge his ego or cede the nation to a Democratic Party that has clearly weakened itself by rushing further to the left than the average American has any appetite for.

The country has serious issues at stake. The national debt has gone up by trillions of dollars in just the past couple years. Inflation is kicking up, eating away at people’s retirements and savings. The far reach of government has only extended further year after year.

These used to be issues ripe for a conservative response stressing the importance of curtailing government overreach and being fiscally prudent. But Trump wants to misdirect Republicans into focusing on pure nonsense.

There’s nothing conservative about believing Trump’s election lies.

If conservatives and Republicans can regain some clarity on the direction of the nation, they’d realize they don’t need Donald Trump to win. Shrugging him off and focusing on the issues that matter will yield better results for the GOP and the nation.



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