Ali Alexander, one of the leaders of the so-called “Stop the Steal” movement, that claimed the 2020 election was fraudulent and that Donald Trump actually won, is already setting up a narrative for 2022. Ironically, the news article he’s citing doesn’t support his claims at all.
Alexander posted on Telegram Friday morning to assert that Republicans must do more to “litigate” the 2020 election. (Currently, several attorneys who’ve continued trying to challenge the election with no factual basis have been sanctioned for “deceiv[ing] federal courts and debas[ing] the judicial process,” as the New York Times reports.)
He declared that there’s already a setup underway to “steal” the 2022 midterm elections, as well, citing as evidence a screenshot of a Los Angeles Times article about the Delta variant’s possible effects on the midterms.
Right-wing activists have claimed that COVID-19 protocols were used to manipulate the 2020 election, though they’ve never been able to produce evidence of the falsified ballots they claim exist in masses. However, Alexander’s use of a screenshot helps dodge an important fact: the article isn’t, at all, addressing how or wehether COVID-19 protocols will affect how people show up to vote.
In fact, it’s largely about a concern that protocols like mask mandates and remote education will affect how people vote — that is, who they vote for, not whether they vote in-person or by mail.
Still, the propaganda about the 2022 election is so similar to the lies that were spread about the 2020 election being ‘fraudulent’ even before voting began, that it can’t help but raise concerns.
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