Donald Trump changed a number of things for the Republican party going forward. First, he convinced a number of wildly unqualified people that they could run for major political office.
The 45th president also showed candidates how to react after they lose their race; never concede and claim fraud. California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder is already asking Republicans to claim fraud ahead of this week’s recall election. The current governor, Gavin Newsom, slammed him over the comments.
Elder recently told CNN, “We have a voter integrity board all set up – most of these are lawyers. So, when people hear things, they contact us. We’re going to file lawsuits in a timely fashion.”
When asked about the strategy, Newsom told reporters, “It’s just an extension of the Big Lie and ‘Stop the Steal.’ We’re four days out, the election hasn’t even happened, and now they’re all claiming election fraud. I think it’s important to highlight that.”
The California governor continued, “there is a thread within the Republican Party that, if they don’t get what they want, they are willing to assault the core tenets of an election in ways that have far-reaching consequences. It’s very, very damaging and baseless, absolutely baseless.”
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