Republican candidates are striving to emulate everything that worked for Donald Trump, who was seen as a joke and a laughable candidate for presidency, in the 2016 election. Unfortunately, some of the things that have ‘worked’ for Trump in one sense or another, haven’t really worked out so well for the American people — including his refusal to accept his loss.
As the 2020 election approached, some Trump insiders warned that they didn’t believe he would allow a peaceful transfer of power if he lost. In fact, in May 2020, with Election Day nearly half a year away, Noel Casler, who used to work on the Celebrity Apprentice set, was among those who warned that Trump would call for armed insurrection if he lost.
Trump was asked repeatedly in the months before the election whether he would hand over power if he lost, and he typically dodged the question, once saying that he’d do so only if the Supreme Court ordered it.
Now, two of the candidates he endorsed in Arizona seem to be warning that they’ll follow in his footsteps in that regard, too, rejecting the outcome of their elections and refusing to concede.
Trump-endorsed AZ candidates Kari Lake and Mark Finchem must not feel good about their chances in their elections.
They’re already refusing to concede if they lose. pic.twitter.com/VrsPBUy7Ni
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) July 5, 2022
Mark Finchem is running for Arizona Secretary of State — a position that’s coveted by MAGA candidates in several states, since it gives a lot of power over elections.
He says, “Ain’t gonna be no concession speech coming from this guy. I’m going to demand a 100% hand count, if there’s the slightest hint that there’s an impropriety. And I will urge the next governor to do the same.
Keri Lake, who is running to be that governor, agrees, saying, “You know, President Trump hasn’t put a concession speech out…he did not concede, and I think it was really smart.”
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