WASHINGTON (AP) – Robert Reid says he will always believe that the 2020 election was stolen from President Donald Trump. The retired police officer-turned-construction worker believes that the fraud destroyed the vote, no matter how many courts reject that claim. Nevertheless, the day after Electoral College, which became official of Biden’s victory, a Trump supporter from the suburbs of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was ready to move on.
“I think it’s over too much,” Reid said of Trump’s ongoing quest to reverse the results of the election. “I trust Electoral College.”
For weeks, Trump had been on a mission to convince his loyal base that his victory was stolen and rigged in the contest. With the help of conservative media, elections, he has got much success. But now that Electoral College has formalized Biden’s victory And Republican officials, including Senate Leader Mitch McConnell He is finally accepted as President-elect, many Trump voters across the country appear to be doing the same.
Interviews with voters, along with recent Republican surveys, suggest their unfounded skepticism about the integrity of the vote. But there is still little consensus about whether to escalate this resentment or not.
For some, like Reid, the electoral college vote was a clear end to a process. Others have vowed to continue the protest with demonstrations such as violent demonstrators In Washington, DC over the weekend. And some said they hoped Trump pressured GOP leaders for more scrutiny in order to keep the suspicions sown to rest.
They are people like Scott Adams, a retiree and Trobe voter living in Rihoboth Beach, Delaware, who said he accepts Biden’s victory – but “with reservations.”
Adams said he has heard too much discussion on Fox News and conservative talk radio about irregularities in the vote count to rely on election results and that he does not think he ever knows the real margin of victory. (Biden won the election college by 306 to 232 votes.)
But Adams does not think the election was rigged enough to change the outcome, even though he believes “it was rigged enough that it should be questioned more.” He would like to see more investigation.
Republicans across the country – from local officials to governors to Attorney General William Barr – have said that there is no evidence repeatedly that large-scale voter fraud has affected the results. Trump and his allies litigated, but almost all were dismissed by the judges. The Supreme Court, consisting of three Trump-nominated justices, denied requests to hear a pair of cases aimed at invalidating the election result in major battleground states.
Still, coming up with this pile of evidence has been difficult for many Trump voters. He expressed disbelief that Trump could have lost, given the huge crowd at his rallies. Some said their suspicions were heightened by the mainstream media’s unwillingness to air Trump’s baseless claims. And he repeatedly pointed to the slow-to-normal counting because the evidence had gone awry.
“Nothing is right here,” Reid said.
This description is well-known – in many states, the flow of mail-in ballots by Democrats in large amounts was later elevated than in-person ballots. Still, Reid said he thought the courts should have spent more time investigating.
“I will always believe that it was stolen from him. I would never really get the peace of mind that it was not, ”he said.
Others were less willing to go together.
“I don’t trust that result. I think the election was a hoax. I think the election was stolen. I don’t know how anyone could think that. You just have to look at the results, ”said 55-year-old Katherine Negret, a teacher living in Peoria, Arizona.
The negroes are among those who hope Trump can win if the Supreme Court intervenes (there is no indication that it will happen) or Congress chooses to accept the “alternative slate” of Trump voters from many states. Election experts have said that there is no legal route to the plan, and Republican Senate leaders have discouraged it.
Nevertheless, Negret said “hope Congress does the right thing” and expressed disappointment with the dwindling options.
“I don’t know what we can do about that. If we don’t have courts that stand up for us,” he said. “If we don’t have an attorney general who will stand up and say, ‘This was wrong and we should It needs to be investigated. “What are we expected to do? Do we need to fight brother against brother? This is insanity.”
Biden has vowed to bring Americans together and work across the aisle. Their success on both fronts may depend on how many Republicans view their electoral grievances. A Quinnipiac University poll earlier this month found that 38% of registered voters, including 77% of Republicans, said they believed widespread fraud in the presidential election.
And a recent Fox News poll found 36% of voters, including 77% of Trump’s voters, believe the election was stolen from Trump. However, the same poll also found that 8 out of 10 voters overall, and about half of Trump’s voters, said they would at least give Biden a chance as president.
A member of the Trump group, “Long Island Loud Majority”, 52-year-old Matt Verlaine is not in the mood for reconciliation.
Worlen, who lives in Bohemia, New York, believes that “there was a lot more voter fraud than we know,” though he is not sure if that has changed the outcome. But he does not want to rally around what he feels was an injustice. Eventually, Democrats did so with Trump.
“Didn’t they cry for four years about Russian collusion, which was not proved?” So now I am going to cry about voter fraud for four years, ”he said. “They did not accept it. Why should I accept Biden? I know there is nothing I can do about it. I know that the rally is not going to change when elected president. Whatever happens will happen. But if my friends want to unite and complain about it in a peaceful way and give their opinion, then I am leaving. “
Others believe that Biden won fair and square. Steve Walkman, a Republican who worked in construction in Mesa, Arizona, said he made peace weeks ago with the loss of Trump.
“I voted for Trump, but people have to go to it,” Volkmann said, leaning against his pickup truck. “Of course, he (Biden) won the majority vote – landslide. For me, it’s already over.”
Katherine Templeton, a South Carolina Republican who served in the former government. Nikki Haley’s administration said that, despite Trump’s level of support in red states such as himself, he felt voters would be ready to accept Biden as president.
“Obviously, South Carolina supports President Trump, but I think when Republicans don’t get their way, they will move,” said Charleston, who lives in Charleston. “it’s time to move on.”
It remains to be seen how concerns about the integrity of the vote will affect future elections. Both sides are focused on Georgia, where a pair of runoff elections will determine which party controls the US Senate.
Dennis Adams, 50, said he had doubts about “suspicious activity” in the general election. But she turned out to vote early Monday in Kenessa, a suburb in Atlanta’s northwest.
“We don’t want to lose our freedom,” he said, reiterating the misleading GOP, claiming that Democrats would usher in “socialism”. “We are losing our rights and freedom in our country.”
40-year-old Melissa McJunkin said, “I believe I didn’t have a problem before trusting it now, but now I think it might be something I don’t trust.” Voter fraud in the general election, but turned out anyway.
“I think it’s important for what’s going to happen next,” she said.
Cooper reported from Mesa, Arizona. Associated Press writer Emily Swanson in Washington, Nicholas Ricody in Atlanta, Sophia Tulp in Rome, Georgia, and Meg Kinnard in Columbia, South Carolina contributed to this report.