At the cost of being deliberately reiterative, I remind everyone one more time: go vote! Never has it been more vital. We are at a crossroad in the U.S. If the MAGA Trump supporters win the election, our democracy is threatened. President Biden put it very well when he warned, “Make no mistake, democracy is on the ballot for all of us.”
A major symptom of the danger to democracy is the very large number of Americans who deny that President Biden legitimately won the 2020 election. A majority of Republican candidates are telling voters, without any basis in fact, that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. At the beginning of the year, the Guardian reported “More than 40% in the US do not believe Biden legitimately won [the 2020] election.” The Washington Post in the lead editorial of yesterday’s edition reported that “a Post tally found nearly 300 election deniers running for major office in 48 of 50 states.” The front page lead article in today’s Post declares that tomorrow’s election is “a fresh test for American democracy” because “a majority of Trump supporters still believe his disproved claims of a rigged election.”
It’s worth repeating: the allegation that Biden didn’t win the election or won it by fraud is demonstrably false. And it discourages people from voting by suggesting that elections are illegitimate and don’t count.
So I beg, plead, urge, and demand: don’t be fooled. Get out there and vote!