Get Used To Viral Videos of Campaigning Republicans Facing “Election Was Stolen” Crowd
In this particular case, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX02) finds himself explaining the obvious to the “election was stolen” true believers without much success.
The Washington Post breaks down the play-by-play action:
But at a GOP fundraiser in Illinois on Wednesday night, the Texan clashed with a fellow Republican after Crenshaw told the crowd the 2020 election was not stolen and the results would not be overturned. Trump falsely claimed he won the race long after the electoral college backed the winner, President Biden, and dozens of judges rejected claims of election fraud.
“Don’t kid yourself into believing that’s why we lost. It’s not,” Crenshaw told the crowd.
Bobby Piton, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Illinois, disagreed. In a 54-second clip posted to his campaign’s YouTube account, Piton can be seen interrupting Crenshaw, saying he has “plenty of proof” the presidential election was stolen and the outcome would be reversed.
“You’re wrong,” Piton said repeatedly, talking over Crenshaw. “You watch … you’re going to see firsthand.”
“I’m not wrong,” the congressman responded. “Five different states? Hundreds of thousands of votes? You’re kidding yourself.”
Crenshaw’s office did not respond to a request for comment Thursday night about the exchange.
The heart of Piton’s campaign are the baseless claims that the presidency was stolen from Trump in a rigged election. After losing, the former president spent weeks attacking the results, leading to the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally and riot at the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.
Get used to these sorts of spectacles.
There are going to be a plethora of candidates ranging from viable to fringe running in the upcoming 2022 midterms solely on Trump-style politics and style. And the initiation to carrying the Trump banner into electoral battle is reciting the catechism that the election was stolen. Or at least, it is to the most devoted and hardcore of the former president’s followers. Republicans like Dan Crenshaw, who both in rhetoric and record was firmly supportive of the Trump Administration, are not sufficiently down for the truth if they don’t play along.
There are going to be more and more of these videos, and elected Republicans better just prepare now, and work out Kyle Reese Doctrine to deal with them:
Listen, and understand! Those “election was stolen” folks are out there! They can’t be bargained with. They can’t be reasoned with. They don’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop… ever, until they are proven right!
There is no incentive for any of them to change their minds. These candidates pushing “election was stolen” as a strategy get a built-in audience and money eco-system to operate in. The folks that believe that the election was stolen enough to wrap their entire political outlook around it can forever continue in their own lost cause victimhood of having been cheated as opposed to any reflection on what might have gone wrong. The grifter set can keep making money off both candidates and supporters and keep the MAGA money train rolling just a little bit longer.
Such folks as the “election was stolen” true believers are going to get louder as they sense their relevance sliding away. So get used to it, Republican candidates, office holders, and officials; the future of the “election was stolen” movement is demanding not only whether or not you agree with them, but why you didn’t make their version of reality come true.
Good luck with that.