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Election denialism is a middle finger to democracy

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Why is there such demand for election denialism? Why are TV shows that claim President Trump is the rightful winner of the election garnering millions of viewers?

Why are TV shows that claim President Trump is the rightful winner of the election garnering millions of viewers?

When I read pro-Trump websites and watch shows that parrot Trump's "we won" lies, I'm reminded of an essay by Rich Lowry, the conservative editor of National Review and a frequent guest on cable news.

"If Trump manages to pull off an upset in 2020," he wrote, "it will be as a gigantic rude gesture directed at the commanding heights of American culture. "

"To put it in blunt terms," he explained, Trump is "the only middle finger available" for many people.

Well, if that's what a vote for Trump was, it didn't quite work.

So now, embracing election denialism is the new middle finger gesture.

Even just indulging the idea that it was stolen from Trump is the new way to stick it to the institutions that draw so much ire from Trump fans.

The Monmouth University Polling Institute asked Americans, "Do you believe Joe Biden won this election fair and square, or do you believe that he only won it due to voter fraud?" Fully 77% of respondents who said they voted for Trump blamed voter fraud.

On Newsmax, the cable channel that has emerged as a challenger to Fox News at certain times of day, the channel's highest-rated host, Greg Kelly, said Thursday that "this is just the beginning" for Trump.

Trump's conspiracy theories

Trump is encouraging the distrust by tweeting conspiracy theories and promoting channels like Newsmax.

Purporting to believe in a vast election-rigging conspiracy is a new path to "owning the libs. " Election denialism is a middle finger -- to democracy.

The more I watch and read this fictional universe of information, the more I see that the Trump-era war on truth will be raging long after Biden is president.

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