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Analysis: This exchange on Trump's outrageous voter fraud claims is just stunning

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks as he joined by House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump hosted both Democratic and Republican lawmakers at the White House for the second meeting in three days as the government shutdown heads into its third week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Here's a real exchange this week between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and The New York Times' Jonathan Martin about President Donald Trump's ongoing falsehoods regarding the outcome of the 2020 election:

He says that President-elect Joe Biden might not be able to take the partisan temperature down a few notches "if you have 70% of Republicans who thought he cheated. " (That number is, presumably, from a Monmouth University poll released on Wednesday that showed 70% of Republicans believe Biden won because of "voter fraud. ")

When Martin notes that Biden didn't cheat and that the reason Republicans believe he did is "because it's being stoked every day" by Trump and his allies, McCarthy's response is that Biden was "appeasing the left" during the course of the campaign.

What does Biden's "appeasing" (or not) of the left have to do with the President making a series of demonstrably false claims about election interference and voter fraud?

The point is that McCarthy -- like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and virtually every other elected Republican leader -- is trying to change the subject when it comes to a) Trump's wildly untruthful claims about the election and b) the impact those claims are quite clearly having on Republican base voters.

The response from the top Republican in the House to a factual assertion that GOP voters believe the election was rigged because the President keeps saying it was can't be: Well, liberals really have their claws into Joe Biden!

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